What does calumniate mean?

calumniate meaning in General Dictionary

To propagate bad reports with a design to injure the reputation of another to produce purposely false fees of some offense or criminal activity

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  • To accuse falsely and maliciously of a crime or offense or of anything disreputable to slander to libel
  • charge falsely or with malicious intention; attack the great title and reputation of some body
  • To accuse falsely and maliciously of a crime or offense, or of one thing disreputable; to slander; to libel.
  • To propagate wicked reports with a design to injure the standing of another; which will make purposely untrue costs of some offense or crime.

calumniate meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1550s, from Latin calumniatus, past participle of calumniari "to accuse falsely," from calumnia "slander, untrue accusation" (see calumny). Associated: Calumniated; calumniating.

Sentence Examples with the word calumniate

Flattered and adored at the outset, she very soon furnished a sinister illustration to Beaumarchais Basile; for evil tongues began to calumniate the queen: those of her brothers-in-law, the duc dAiguillon (protector of Madame du Barry and dismissed from the ministry), and the Cardinal de Rohan, recalled from his embassy in Vienna.

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