Calumny

  • 1 Calumny — • Etymologically any form of ruse or fraud employed to deceive another, particularly in judicial proceedings Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Calumny     Calumny      …

    Catholic encyclopedia

  • 2 calumny — index aspersion, bad repute, defamation, denunciation, dishonor (shame), libel, lie, slander …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 Calumny — Cal um*ny, n.; pl. {Calumnies}. [L. calumnia, fr. calvi to devise tricks, deceive; cf. F. calomnie. Cf. {Challenge}, n.] False accusation of a crime or offense, maliciously made or reported, to the injury of another; malicious misrepresentation;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 calumny — (n.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. calomnie (15c.), from L. calumnia trickery, subterfuge, misrepresentation, malicious charge, from calvi to trick, deceive, from PIE root *kel , *kol to deceive, confuse (Cf. Gk. kelein to bewitch, seduce, beguile, Goth.… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 calumny — slander, *detraction, backbiting, scandal Analogous words: aspersion, reflection, *animadversion, stricture: defaming or defamation, maligning, traducing, vilifying or vilification, libeling or libel (see corresponding verbs at MALIGN vb)… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 calumny — ► NOUN (pl. calumnies) ▪ the making of false and defamatory statements about someone. ► VERB (calumnies, calumnied) formal ▪ calumniate. DERIVATIVES calumnious adjective. ORIGIN Latin …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 calumny — [kal′əm nē] n. pl. calumnies [Fr calomnie < L calumnia, trickery, slander < IE base * kēl , *kol , to deceive, confuse > OE hol, slander] 1. a false and malicious statement meant to hurt someone s reputation 2. the uttering of such a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 calumny — [[t]kæ̱ləmni[/t]] calumnies N VAR Calumny or a calumny is an untrue statement made about someone in order to reduce other people s respect and admiration for them. [FORMAL] He was the victim of calumny. Syn: slander …

    English dictionary

  • 9 calumny — n. to heap calumny on * * * [ kæləmnɪ] to heap calumny on …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 10 calumny — UK [ˈkæləmnɪ] / US noun [countable] Word forms calumny : singular calumny plural calumnies very formal a comment about someone that is not fair or true and is intended to damage their reputation …

    English dictionary

  • 11 calumny — Libel; slander; defamation. There was a word called calumny’ in the civil law, which signified an unjust prosecution or defense of a suit, and the phrase is still said to be used in the courts of Scotland and the ecclesiastical and admiralty… …

    Ballentine's law dictionary

  • 12 calumny — /kal euhm nee/, n., pl. calumnies. 1. a false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something: The speech was considered a calumny of the administration. 2. the act of uttering calumnies; slander; defamation.… …

    Universalium

  • 13 calumny — noun /ˈkæləmni/ a) a falsification or misrepresentation intended to disparage or discredit another. Accusations of abuse were pure extortive calumny in a malicious bid to make money. b) false charges brought about to tarnish anothers …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 calumny — noun voters were tired of the candidates endless barrage of calumny Syn: slander, defamation (of character), character assassination, libel; vilification, traducement, obloquy, verbal abuse; informal mudslinging, trash talk; rare contumely See… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 15 calumny — noun (plural nies) Etymology: 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 Date: 15th century …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 calumny — Synonyms and related words: abuse, animadversion, backbiting, backstabbing, belittlement, bitchiness, calumniation, cattiness, contumely, defamation, depreciation, disparagement, invective, libel, obloquy, opprobrium, reflection, revilement,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 calumny — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. slander (See detraction). II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. slander, defamation, detraction; see lie 1 . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) n. slander, defamation, malicious statement, libel, smear, mud slinging,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 18 calumny — cal|um|ny [ˈkæləmni] n plural calumnies [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: calomnie, from Latin calumnia, from calvi to deceive ] 1.) an untrue and unfair statement about someone that is intended to give people a bad opinion of them 2.) [U]… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 calumny — cal|um|ny [ kæləmni ] noun count VERY FORMAL a comment about someone that is not fair or true and is intended to damage their reputation …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 20 calumny — see CHALLENGE …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins