from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A false statement maliciously made to injure another's reputation.
- n. The utterance of maliciously false statements; slander.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a falsification or misrepresentation intended to disparage or discredit another.
- n. false charges brought about to tarnish another's reputation or standing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. False accusation of a crime or offense, maliciously made or reported, to the injury of another; malicious misrepresentation; slander; detraction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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. Synonyms Lying, falsehood, libel, aspersion, detraction, backbiting, defamation, evil-speaking.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an abusive attack on a person's character or good name
- n. a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
Well, yes, you can request the candidate, to Write a short note on the word calumny above, or ask From what is it derived?
It was the word calumny that offended him most, that, and the idea that he, the Marquis of Trowbridge, should be called upon to promise not to commit an offence!
Yet even calumny is sagacious enough to discover and to attack the most vulnerable part.
Yesterday's term was calumny, which is defined as:
(Laugier, tom.ii. p. 119) accuse the emperor Manuel; but the calumny is refuted by Villehardouin and the older writers, who suppose that Dandolo lost his eyes by a wound, (No. 31, and
When they place these phrases in opposition to each other, they do this, not from the meaning which I affix to them, but from their own; and, therefore, according to the signification which they give to them severally, they fabricate this calumny, which is an act of iniquity.
Objectively, a calumny is a mortal sin when it is calculated to do serious harm to the person so traduced.
Wicked doers and speakers alike delight in calumny.
Now, I am receiving for all this a guerdon of blame and calumny, which is cast upon me in order to cover up faults which have been committed by others in past days.
Another calumny is their charging us with opposition to the fathers, -- I mean the writers of the earlier and purer ages, -- as if those writers were abettors of their impiety; whereas, if the contest were to be terminated by this authority, the victory in most parts of the controversy -- to speak in the most modest terms -- would be on our side.