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calumniate

Definition:

to charge falsely or with malicious intent; to attack the good name and reputation of someone

Class:

communication verb (telling, asking, ordering, singing, etc.)

Related to:

calumny

Past tense:

calumniated

Present participle:

calumniating

3rd-person singular present:

calumniates

Type of:

charge

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Etymology:

Latin calumniatus, past participle of calumniari "to accuse falsely", from...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

calumniate [transitive] | calumniable [adjective, derived]

to slander (2 of 268 words, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/calumniate

Merriam-Webster:

calumniate | calumniated [past tense] | calumniating [present participle] | asperse [synonym, sense-specific] | blacken [synonym, sense-specific] | slander [synonym, sense-specific] | defame [synonym, sense-specific] | libel [synonym, sense-specific] | malign [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to utter maliciously false statements, charges, or imputations about | to injure the reputation of by calumny (16 of 103 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/calumniate

Oxford Dictionary:

calumniate | calumniation [derived] | calumniator [derived]

Syllabification: (ca·lum·ni·ate) | [transitive, formal] | make false and defamatory statements about (10 of 53 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/calumniate

calumniate [transitive, formal] | calumniation [derived] | calumniator [derived]

make false and defamatory statements about (6 of 52 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/calumniate

American Heritage Dictionary:

calumniate | calumniated [past tense] | calumniating [present participle] | calumniates [3rd-person singular present] | calumniation [noun, related] | calumniator [noun, related]

To make maliciously or knowingly false statements about. (8 of 33 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/calumniate

New World Dictionary:

calumniate | calumniated [past tense] | calumniating [present participle] | calumniation [noun, related] | calumniator [noun, related]

to spread false and harmful statements about; slander (8 of 33 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/calumniate

Wiktionary:

calumniate | calumniated [past tense] | calumniating [present participle] | calumniates [3rd-person singular present] | slander [synonym] | defame [synonym]

To make hurtful untrue comments about (someone) (7 of 24 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/calumniate

Random House Dictionary:

calumniate | calumniated [past tense] | calumniating [present participle]

to make false and malicious statements about; slander. (8 of 15 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/calumniate

Wikipedia:

Defamation | calumny | vilification | traducement

the communication of a factual statement that harms the reputation of an individual, business, product, group, government, religion, or nation. Most jurisdictions allow legal action to deter various kinds of defamation and retaliate against groundless ... (35 of 12728 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Defamation

Cambridge Dictionary:

defame [formal] | defamation [noun, derived] | defamatory [adjective, derived]

to damage the reputation of a person or group by saying or writing bad things about them which are not true (21 of 59 words, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/defame

Macmillan British Dictionary:

defame [transitive, formal] | defamed [past tense] | defaming [present participle] | defames [3rd-person singular present]

to say or write something bad about someone that is not true and makes other people have a bad opinion of them (22 of 52 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/defame

Columbia Encyclopedia:

libel and slander | libel | slander

in law, types of defamation. In common law, written defamation was libel and spoken defamation was slander. Today, however, there are no such clear ... (24 of 689 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/society​/A​0829656​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

defamation [law]

in law, attacking another's reputation by a false publication tending to bring the person into disrepute. The concept is an elusive one and is limited ... (25 of 584 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/155602​/defamation

Encarta Dictionary:

calumniate [formal] | calumniated [past tense] | calumniating [present participle] | calumniates [3rd-person singular present]

to accuse somebody falsely, or slander somebody (7 of 56 words, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861594247​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

calumniate

First use: 1550s

Origin: Latin calumniatus, past participle of calumniari "to accuse falsely", from calumnia "slander, false accusation".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=calumniate

New World Dictionary:

calumniate | calumniated [past tense] | calumniating [present participle]

Origin: Latin calumniatus, past participle of calumniari, to slander from calumnia: see "calumny"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/calumniate

Wiktionary:

calumniate | calumniated [past tense] | calumniating [present participle] | calumniates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin calumniātus, perfect active participle of calumnior ("I accuse falsely").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/calumniate

Oxford Dictionary:

calumniate

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: Latin calumniari, from calumnia (see "calumny")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/calumniate

American Heritage Dictionary:

calumniate | calumniated [past tense] | calumniating [present participle] | calumniates [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin calumniārī, calumniāt-, from calumnia, calumny; see "calumny".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/calumniate

Encarta Dictionary:

calumniate [formal] | calumniated [past tense] | calumniating [present participle] | calumniates [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Latin calumniat-, past participle of calumniare from calumnia

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861594247​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

calumniate | calumniated [past tense] | calumniating [present participle] | calumniates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "calumniate"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/calumniate

Collins Dictionary:

calumniate [transitive]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "calumniate"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/calumniate

the Free Dictionary:

calumniate

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "calumniate"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "calumniate"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "calumniate" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/calumniate

Google Dictionary:

calumniate | calumniated [past tense] | calumniating [present participle] | calumniates [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: English pronunciation of "calumniate"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

calumniate

Audio: North American pronunciation of "calumniate"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=calumn​01 word=calumniate

YourDictionary Audio:

calumniate

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "calumniate" by speech synthesizer

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