calumniate

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v calumniate charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Calumniate To accuse falsely and maliciously of a crime or offense, or of something disreputable; to slander; to libel. "Hatred unto the truth did always falsely report and calumniate all godly men's doings."
    • v. i Calumniate To propagate evil reports with a design to injure the reputation of another; to make purposely false charges of some offense or crime.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • calumniate To utter calumny regarding; charge falsely and knowingly with some crime or offense, or something disreputable; slander.
    • calumniate Synonyms Defame, Calumniate, etc. See asperse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Calumniate to accuse falsely: to slander
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Quotations

  • Diogenes of Sinope
    Diogenes of Sinope
    “Calumny is only the noise of madmen.”
  • Herodotus
    Herodotus
    “A man calumniated is doubly injured -- first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny.”
  • Mary Stewart
    Mary Stewart
    “It is harder to kill a whisper than even a shouted calumny.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. calumniatus, p. p. of calumniari,. See Calumny, and cf. Challenge (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. calumnia, prob. for calvomnia, from calvi, calvĕre, to deceive.

Usage

In literature:

The principal engine employed on this occasion was CALUMNY.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
The suspicions of a good citizen freeze those men whom the calumny of the wicked could not stop in their progress.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Erasmus had, indeed, been miserably calumniated, and expected future libels.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
Now Heinz was inflamed with jealousy, and tried to calumniate his companion by spreading evil stories.
"Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine" by Lewis Spence
Thou beholdest, O my Lord, Thy trusted ones at the mercy of the treacherous among Thy creatures, and the calumniators amidst Thy people.
"Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" by Bahá’u’lláh
The learned biographer, notwithstanding his good will, has ill repelled the calumny.
"Biographies of Distinguished Scientific Men" by Francois Arago
I have no fear but that I shall receive honorable testimony by their verdict on those calumnies.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
Everywhere scandal pursues me and calumny denies my name.
"Luther and the Reformation:" by Joseph A. Seiss
Calumny and all the agitations about her did not disturb Louise in her prayers.
"Women of Modern France" by Hugo P. Thieme
The archbishop, it is true, did not like him on account of the calumnies of that man O'Brien.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
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In poetry:

Your calumny against the great is impious,
it hurts yourself;
against the small it is mean,
for it hurts the victim.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
Just leave me to the memory
Of him I used to know,
Of the friend who stood beside me
So many years ago,
When you were quoting calumny
And I was plucking crow.
"My Wish" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
From slander, and from calumny refrain;
So shalt thou save thy precious soul alive:
But if thou dost not thy loose tongue restrain,
Thou shalt correction for thy words receive.
"Advice, How To Govern Our Words, According To God's Will" by Rees Prichard
Say, such the scorn, the pride of Henry's breast,
It cannot Love's endearing softness share,
Say, vice degrades….Hold! slight my wild request,
Nor by such calumny my fury dare.
"Love Elegy, to Laura" by Amelia Opie
O tell me, were ye outlawed thus by Fate's behest?
Drives ye forth open hate, or secret grudge flee ye?
Follows ye unappeased an evil-doer's curse?
Are ye pursued by poisonous words of calumny?
"To The Clouds" by Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
They bid me grovel, squirm and whine,
Nor strive against vile calumny;
And vain the thought that would decline
Submission to such tyranny;
For like a wild beast from its lair,
The state doth hound me to despair.
"Lines To Caste" by Samuel Alfred Beadle

In news:

Calumnious blogging is a serious offense against God's law.
Calumny in the Blogosphere.
Connecticut's contribution to calumny has all but obviated the need for Karl Rove to go negative on Dean.
With pity like this, who needs calumny.
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