calumnious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj calumnious (used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Calumnious Containing or implying calumny; false, malicious, and injurious to reputation; slanderous; as, calumnious reports. "Virtue itself 'scapes not calumnious strokes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • calumnious Using calumny; containing or implying calumny; injurious to reputation; slanderous: as, “calumnious knave,” ; “calumnious mis-statements,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Calumnious of the nature of calumny: slanderous
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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. calumniosus,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. calumnia, prob. for calvomnia, from calvi, calvĕre, to deceive.

Usage

In literature:

This detestable calumny owed its rise to an incident, from which no consequence of importance could be possibly apprehended.
"The Works of Samuel Johnson, Vol. 6" by Samuel Johnson
They were not merely persecuted but calumniated.
"Beacon Lights of History, Volume VIII" by John Lord
I ask how any one would set to work to calumniate the customs which I have just described.
"The Uprising of a Great People" by Count Agénor de Gasparin
This is an egregious calumny.
"Paris under the Commune" by John Leighton
If he was the leader of a party, there were hundreds to maintain his honour against calumny.
"The Spectator, Volume 2." by Addison and Steele
Calumny, falsehood, and popular violence, have been employed in vain, to tranquilize abolitionists.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
The conspirators had not succeeded in their designs by means of a matrimonial alliance, so they would now try the effect of calumny.
"Queen Hortense" by L. Mühlbach
If he was the leader of a party, there were hundreds to maintain his honour against calumny.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
I was now about thirty years of age, in which time of life it is difficult to escape from the calumnies of the envious.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
The conqueror ill-treated the vanquished, but he spared him his calumnies.
"Through the Iron Bars" by Emile Cammaerts
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In poetry:

Through bold tornadoes it had gone;
I saw the rent where Calumny's storm,
Swept through the sails and then hissed on
Relentlessly.
"Biographia" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Bear not false witness nor belie
Thy neighbor by foul calumny.
Defend his innocence from blame;
With charity hide his shame.
Have mercy, Lord!
"That Man a Godly Life Might Live" by Martin Luther
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
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
Buzzing round the blueflies hear,
About the jujubes flocking!
So the slanderers appear,
Whose calumnies are shocking.
By no law or order bound,
All the kingdom they confound.
"Against Listening To Slanderers" by Confucius
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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