Friday, February 12, 2016
Citations for calumniate
The "plaudits of the multitude" can not long be held by the poet, and are not worth holding. The multitude knows nothing of poetry and does not read it. The multitude will applaud you to-day, calumniate you to-morrow and thwack you athwart the mazzard the day after.
"In justice to that individual, the much ill-used peasant, Ziemianitch, I now declare solemnly that the conclusions of that letter calumniate a man of the people--a bright Russian soul..."
Origin of calumniate
Calumniate finds its roots in the Latin calumniārī meaning "to accuse falsely, trick." It entered English in the mid-1500s.