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calumniate

[kuh-luhm-nee-eyt]
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verb (used with object), ca·lum·ni·at·ed, ca·lum·ni·at·ing.
  1. to make false and malicious statements about; slander.
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Origin of calumniate

1545–55; < Latin calumniātus (past participle of calumniārī to accuse falsely, trick), equivalent to calumni(a) calumny + -ātus -ate1
Related formsca·lum·ni·a·tion, nounca·lum·ni·a·tor, nounnon·ca·lum·ni·at·ing, adjective
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revilescandalizeslursmearblackenmalignasperseslanderblasphemeaccuselibelvilify

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British Dictionary definitions for calumniate

calumniate

verb
  1. (tr) to slander
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Derived Formscalumniable, adjectivecalumniation, nouncalumniator, noun
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Word Origin and History for calumniate

v.

1550s, from Latin calumniatus, past participle of calumniari "to accuse falsely," from calumnia "slander, false accusation" (see calumny). Related: Calumniated; calumniating.

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