noun cal·um·ny \ˈka-ləm-nē also ˈkal-yəm-\

: an untrue statement that is made to damage someone's reputation; also : the act of making such statements

plural cal·um·nies

Full Definition of CALUMNY

:  a misrepresentation intended to harm another's reputation
:  the act of uttering false charges or misrepresentations maliciously calculated to harm another's reputation
ca·lum·ni·ous \kə-ˈləm-nē-əs\ adjective
ca·lum·ni·ous·ly adverb

Examples of CALUMNY

  1. They uttered calumnies against him.
  2. He was the target of calumny for his unpopular beliefs.

Origin of CALUMNY

Middle English calumnye, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French calomnie, from Latin calumnia, from calvi to deceive; perhaps akin to Old English hōlian to slander, Greek kēlein to beguile
First Known Use: 15th century


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