from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of calumniating; calumny.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A false accusation, or a malicious statement, about someone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions


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  • Thou hast grieved over my calumniation, and likewise hast lamented the damage to my good name.

    Consolation of Philosophy 2007

  • My friend Rafael Sabatini, than whom no man living has dug deeper into Borgia history, explains the calumniation of Lucretia in this fashion: Adultery and promiscuous intercourse were the fashion in Rome at the time of Alexander VI.

    She Stands Accused 1935

  • It was said that he was spoiled by Pitt, and was consumed by vanity, and was broken by Tory calumniation.

    Drake Nelson and Napoleon Runciman, Walter 1919

  • I could not at the time conceive of anything meaner wearing the name of man, of a crime blacker than base ingratitude, of aught more damnable than calumniation of the honored dead; but Massachusetts will have to surrender the pennant of infamy to the South.

    The Complete Works of Brann the Iconoclast, Volume 10 1905

  • To see them filled with ink, if you are not cautious, enemies will succeed in calumniation.

    What's in a Dream: A Scientific and Practical Interpretation of Dreams 1901

  • Thou hast grieved over my calumniation, and likewise hast lamented the damage to my good name.

    The Consolation of Philosophy Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius 1896

  • Only bad ends appear: the poisoning, the calumniation, the denial of life, the despising of the body, the degradation and self-contamination of man by the concept of sin -- therefore, its means are also bad.

    The Antichrist 1895

  • Bronsart exquisitely accuses our opponents of ill-will, unfairness, and calumniation.

    Letters Liszt, Franz 1893

  • If there are no originals, they will serve very well to commit the notary whose seal is on them, and yourself, upon a well-founded indictment for forgery, wilful calumniation, and a whole list of crimes sufficient to send you to the galleys for life.

    Saracinesca 1881


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