Containing or implying calumny false malicious and injurious to reputation slanderous as calumnious reports
- (used of statements) harmful and often untrue; maintaining discredit or malign
- Containing or implying calumny; false, destructive, and harmful to reputation; slanderous; as, calumnious reports.
belated 15c., from Latin calumniosus, from calumnia (see calumny). Relevant: Calumniously.
He brought with him, for the refutation of calumnious reports circulated by his enemies, a written certificate from Cardinal Bellarmin, to the effect that no abjuration had been required of or penance imposed upon him.