calumny

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n calumny an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
    • n calumny 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 Calumny False accusation of a crime or offense, maliciously made or reported, to the injury of another; malicious misrepresentation; slander; detraction. "Infamous calumnies .""Be thou as chaste as ice, as pure as snow, thou shalt not escape calumny ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n calumny False accusation of crime, misconduct, or defect, knowingly or maliciously made or reported, to the injury of another; untruth maliciously spoken, to the detraction of another; a defamatory report; slander.
    • n calumny Synonyms Lying, falsehood, libel, aspersion, detraction, backbiting, defamation, evil-speaking.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Calumny kal′um-ni false accusation: slander
    • v.i Calumny to spread evil reports
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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. calumnia, fr. calvi, to devise tricks, deceive; cf. F. calomnie,. Cf. Challenge (n.)

Usage

In literature:

He became the object of unbounded and reckless calumny.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1584-86, Vol. I. (of IV) Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
It would be difficult to show that there was anything very calumnious in these charges, which, no doubt, Paul was in the habit of making.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1586-89, Vol. II. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
Yet nothing could be fouler or falser than the calumny which described Alexander as unfaithful to Philip.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
The Advocate had been the mark of unceasing and infamous calumnies.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1600-09, Vol. IV. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
Thus shall the detractors and calumniators best be confounded.
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1609-15, Volume I." by John Lothrop Motley
Believe firmly that all representations to the contrary are vile calumnies.
"The Life of John of Barneveld, 1614-23, Volume II." by John Lothrop Motley
Calumny and Exaggeration walk abroad, arm in arm, even on the north side of Regent's Park.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
Tibullus, draw you the indictment then, whilst Horace arrests them on the statute of Calumny.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
Of course it was calumny.
"A Siren" by Thomas Adolphus Trollope
The form in which he would revoke his calumny to Jungfrau Ortlieb he would discuss with him later.
"In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete" by Georg Ebers
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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
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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