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calumny

[ kal-uhm-nee ]
/ ˈkæl əm ni /
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noun, plural cal·um·nies.

a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something: The speech was considered a calumny of the administration.
the act of uttering calumnies; slander; defamation.

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Origin of calumny

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin calumnia, equivalent to calumn-, perhaps originally a middle participle of calvī to deceive + -ia-y3)
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British Dictionary definitions for calumny

calumny
/ (ˈkæləmnɪ) /

noun plural -nies

the malicious utterance of false charges or misrepresentation; slander; defamation
such a false charge or misrepresentation

Word Origin for calumny

C15: from Latin calumnia deception, slander
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