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[kuh-luhm-nee-uh s]
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  1. of, involving, or using calumny; slanderous; defamatory.
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Also ca·lum·ni·a·to·ry [kuh-luhm-nee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəˈlʌm ni əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.

Origin of calumnious

1480–90; < Latin calumniōsus full of tricks or artifices, equivalent to calumni(a) calumny + -ōsus -ous
Related formsca·lum·ni·ous·ly, adverbnon·ca·lum·ni·ous, adjectiveun·ca·lum·ni·ous, adjectiveun·ca·lum·ni·ous·ly, adverb
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Related Words for calumniatory

disparaging, malicious, defamatory, demanding, backbiting, injurious, invidious, malevolent, opprobrious, pejorative, sarcastic, scurrilous, untrue, calumnious, contumelious, vituperative, false, aspersive, calumniatory

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Historical Examples of calumniatory

  • No proposals were made to Cicero, the reasons usually assigned for which are of the most calumniatory kind.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 2


British Dictionary definitions for calumniatory


calumniatory (kəˈlʌmnɪətərɪ, -trɪ)

  1. of or using calumny
  2. (of a person) given to calumny
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Word Origin and History for calumniatory



late 15c., from Latin calumniosus, from calumnia (see calumny). Related: Calumniously.

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