- of, involving, or using calumny; slanderous; defamatory.
Also ca·lum·ni·a·to·ry [kuh-luhm-nee-uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /kəˈlʌm ni əˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/.
Origin of calumnious
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Related Words for calumniatorydisparaging, 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.
calumniatory (kəˈlʌmnɪətərɪ, -trɪ)
- of or using calumny
- (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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