noun, plural cal·um·nies.
Origin of calumny
Examples from the Web for calumny
One imagines that the latest pope, a Jesuit, is familiar with the centuries of calumny that have been heaped upon his forebears.
Neither envy nor calumny had the least influence over me, or I felt it only from persons who had not the power to injure me.My Ten Years' Imprisonment|Silvio Pellico
The world was reduced to calumny, or, which it thought funnier, to laughing at his peculiarities; he went by the name of Combabus.Cousin Betty|Honore de Balzac
Meanwhile he secretly reflects upon the particular sort of calumny that will have the greatest degree of verisimilitude.Human Intercourse|Philip Gilbert Hamerton
How little foundation there is for this calumny is sufficiently apparent to our readers.
At that very moment the morning papers were being distributed bearing a burden of calumny.The Captain of the Gray-Horse Troop|Hamlin Garland
British Dictionary definitions for calumny
noun plural -nies
Word Origin for calumny
Word Origin and History for calumny
"False & malicious misrepresentation of the words or actions of others, calculated to injure their reputation" [Fowler], mid-15c., from Middle French calomnie (15c.), from Latin calumnia "trickery, subterfuge, misrepresentation, malicious charge," from calvi "to trick, deceive," from PIE root *kel- "to deceive, confuse" (cf. Greek kelein "to bewitch, seduce, beguile," Gothic holon "to deceive," Old Norse hol "praise, flattery," Old English hol "slander," holian "to slander").