calumniate

[ kuh-luhm-nee-eyt ]
/ kəˈlʌm niˌeɪt /

verb (used with object), ca·lum·ni·at·ed, ca·lum·ni·at·ing.

to make false and malicious statements about; slander.

Nearby words

  1. caltech,
  2. caltrop,
  3. caltrop family,
  4. calumet,
  5. calumet city,
  6. calumniation,
  7. calumniator,
  8. calumnious,
  9. calumny,
  10. calutron

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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British Dictionary definitions for calumniator

calumniate

/ (kəˈlʌmnɪˌeɪt) /

verb

(tr) to slander
Derived Formscalumniable, adjectivecalumniation, nouncalumniator, noun

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