[kuh-luhm-nee-uh s]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for calumnious

Historical Examples of calumnious

  • All charges of cruelty and inhumanity were vile and calumnious falsehoods.

    The War in South Africa

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • For the rest, I trust to myself to propitiate the kindly and to silence the calumnious.

    The Parisians, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • They employed against them calumnious threats and even violence.

    Old and New Paris, v. 2

    Henry Sutherland Edwards

  • Even to look into her face did not silence the calumnious whispering.


    George Gissing

  • Come forward, calumnious and insolent count, and abductor of women!

    The Cid Campeador

    Antonio de Trueba

British Dictionary definitions for calumnious


calumniatory (kəˈlʌmnɪətərɪ, -trɪ)


of or using calumny
(of a person) given to calumny
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Word Origin and History for calumnious

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper