calumniate

  • 1 Calumniate — Ca*lum ni*ate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Calumniated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {calumniating}.] [L. calumniatus, p. p. of calumniari. See {Calumny}, and cf. {Challenge}, v. t.] To accuse falsely and maliciously of a crime or offense, or of something… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Calumniate — Ca*lum ni*ate, v. i. To propagate evil reports with a design to injure the reputation of another; to make purposely false charges of some offense or crime. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 calumniate — index contemn, defame, denigrate, denounce (condemn), derogate, disparage, lessen, libel …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 calumniate — (v.) 1550s, from L. calumniatus, pp. of calumniari to accuse falsely, from calumnia slander, false accusation (see CALUMNY (Cf. calumny)). Related: Calumniation; calumniator …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 calumniate — defame, slander, asperse, traduce, *malign, vilify, libel Analogous words: revile, vituperate (see SCOLD): *decry, derogate, detract, belittle, disparage Antonyms: eulogize: vindicate Contrasted words: extol, laud, *praise, acclaim: defend,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 calumniate — ► VERB formal ▪ make false and defamatory statements about. DERIVATIVES calumniator noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 calumniate — [kə lum′nē āt΄] vt., vi. calumniated, calumniating [< L calumniatus, pp. of calumniari, to slander < calumnia: see CALUMNY] to spread false and harmful statements about; slander calumniation n. calumniator n …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 calumniate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Date: 1554 1. to utter maliciously false statements, charges, or imputations about 2. to injure the reputation of by calumny Synonyms: see malign • calumniation noun • calumniator …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 9 calumniate — calumniation, n. calumniator, n. /keuh lum nee ayt /, v.t., calumniated, calumniating. to make false and malicious statements about; slander. [1545 55; < L calumniatus (ptp. of calumniari to accuse falsely, trick), equiv. to calumni(a) CALUMNY +… …

    Universalium

  • 10 calumniate — verb /kəˈlʌmni.eɪt/ To make hurtful untrue comments about (someone) Syn: slander See Also: calumniation, calumniator, calumniatory, calumnious, calumny …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 calumniate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To make defamatory statements about: asperse, backbite, defame, malign, slander, slur, tear down, traduce, vilify. Law: libel. Idiom: cast aspersions on. See ATTACK, CRIMES, LAW …

    English dictionary for students

  • 12 calumniate — ca·lum·ni·ate || kÉ™ lÊŒmnɪeɪt v. slander; bad mouth …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 13 calumniate — [kə lʌmnɪeɪt] verb formal make false and defamatory statements about. Derivatives calumniation noun calumniator noun …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 14 calumniate — v. a. Slander, malign, traduce, defame, vilify, revile, abuse, libel, blacken, blemish, accuse falsely. See asperse …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 15 calumniate — verb (T) formal to say untrue and unfair things about someone; slander 2 …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 calumniate — v 1. slander, libel, impute, asperse, insinuate, traduce, falsify, accuse falsely, misrepresent, belie; injure, abuse, assail, stab, insult, backbite, Sl. badmouth, engage in personalities; slur, sully, defile, smear, smirch, besmirch, soil,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 17 calumniate — ca·lum·ni·ate …

    English syllables

  • 18 calumniate — ca•lum•ni•ate [[t]kəˈlʌm niˌeɪt[/t]] v. t. at•ed, at•ing to make false and malicious statements about; slander • Etymology: 1545–55; < Lcalumniātus ca•lum ni•a′tion, n. ca•lum′ni•a tor, n …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 calumniate — /kəˈlʌmnieɪt/ (say kuh lumneeayt) verb (t) (calumniated, calumniating) to make false and malicious statements about; slander. {Latin calumniātus, past participle} –calumniator, noun …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 calumniate —   v.t. slander.    ♦ calumnious,    ♦ calumniatory, a.    ♦ calumny,    ♦ calumniation,    ♦ calumniator, n …

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