• WordNet 3.6
    • n calumniation a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Calumniation kȧ*lŭm`nĭ*ā"shŭn False accusation of crime or offense, or a malicious and false representation of the words or actions of another, with a view to injure his good name. "The calumniation of her principal counselors."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n calumniation The act of calumniating; calumny.
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  • Diogenes of Sinope
    Diogenes of Sinope
    “Calumny is only the noise of madmen.”
  • Herodotus
    “A man calumniated is doubly injured -- first by him who utters the calumny, and then by him who believes it.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “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.”


In literature:

Disregard of calumny is always the index of a noble spirit.
"Poise: How to Attain It" by D. Starke
By a few womanly words she tore his calumny into shreds, and left amid plaudits.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
From what source do you throw this calumny upon me?
"The Works of Horace" by Horace
The noble life that Lady Byron lived after this hushed every voice, and silenced even the most desperate calumny, while she was in the world.
"Lady Byron Vindicated" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
So when Ryder found he could not corrupt this honest judge with gold, he decided to destroy him with calumny.
"The Lion and The Mouse" by Charles Klein
Such an implication, inevitable from the premises assumed by the opponents of the mixed system, would be foulest calumny.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
Every month has brought on its periodical calumny.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Still calumny was not wanting.
"Diderot and the Encyclopaedists (Vol 1 of 2)" by John Morley
Poetry in the vernacular Dutch and pamphlets teeming with like burdens and calumnies also did their share in inspiring race hatred.
"Origin of the Anglo-Boer War Revealed (2nd ed.)" by C. H. Thomas
I say it is a calumny upon the North to say that it was a compact.
"American Eloquence, Volume III. (of 4) Studies In American Political History (1897)" by Various

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
Through bold tornadoes it had gone;
I saw the rent where Calumny's storm,
Swept through the sails and then hissed on
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
She treats us as the rawest youths,
With talk of genius and of fame:
Thank calumny, alas, for shame!
Our faith is spoiled in laurel growths.
Rap! rap!--
"Fortune" by Pierre Jean de Beranger
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

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.