1. A false accusation, or a malicious statement, about someone.
    • 1822 George Chalmers - The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots: Drawn from the State Papers, with Subsidiary Memoirs
      To all those causes of calumniation, may be added the conduct of Darnley, unlearned, unmannered, untoward, as he was, that gave too much cause for censoriousness to represent, and scandal to propagate.

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