One imagines that the latest pope, a Jesuit, is familiar with the centuries of calumny that have been heaped upon his forebears.
The climax of calumny was reached in a decree of the Parliament of Paris, issued on August 6, 1762.
He was rewarded, as such men too often are, by calumny and suspicion.
Had he fixed the calumny on any one of the servants, he would have been confronted and detected in his falsehood.
God as the formula for every calumny of "this world," for every lie of "another world!"
When an individual endeavours to lift himself above his fellows, he is dragged down by the mass, either by ridicule or calumny.
That was a calumny and insult, the remedy for which the judge thought concerned him.
Your immediate friends may reject the calumny, but the majority of people won't.
Was he not delivering a beautiful lady from the dragon of calumny?
calumny hovers over her head, and slander follows her footsteps!
"False & malicious misrepresentation of the words or actions of others, calculated to injure their reputation" [Fowler], mid-15c., from Middle French calomnie (15c.), from Latin calumnia "trickery, subterfuge, misrepresentation, malicious charge," from calvi "to trick, deceive," from PIE root *kel- "to deceive, confuse" (cf. Greek kelein "to bewitch, seduce, beguile," Gothic holon "to deceive," Old Norse hol "praise, flattery," Old English hol "slander," holian "to slander").