calumniate
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /kəˈlʌmni.eɪt/
Verb

calumniate (calumniates, present participle calumniating; past and past participle calumniated)

  1. (transitive) To make hurtful untrue comments about.
    • Hatred unto the truth did always falsely report and calumniate all godly men's doings.
    • 1905, Robert Louis Stevenson, Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes, chapter 1
      There are adherents of each of the four French parties—Legitimists, Orleanists, Imperialists, and Republicans—in this little mountain-town; and they all hate, loathe, decry, and calumniate each other.
  2. (transitive) To levy a false charge against, especially of a vague offense, with the intent to damage someone's reputation or standing.
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