[ kal-uhm-nee ]
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noun,plural cal·um·nies.
  1. a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something: The speech was considered a calumny of the administration.

  2. the act of uttering calumnies; slander; defamation.

Origin of calumny

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin calumnia, equivalent to calumn-, perhaps originally a participle of calvī “to deceive” + -ia -y3)

confusables note For calumny

See slander.

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Words Nearby calumny Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use calumny in a sentence

  • 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.

  • Then he flung his glove at the king's feet, saying: "Let him who believes that calumny come forward!"

    Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac

British Dictionary definitions for calumny


/ (ˈkæləmnɪ) /

nounplural -nies
  1. the malicious utterance of false charges or misrepresentation; slander; defamation

  2. such a false charge or misrepresentation

Origin of calumny

C15: from Latin calumnia deception, slander

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