• Noun:
    • (RP, GA) IPA: /ˈkæləmni/
  • Verb:
    • (RP, GA) IPA: /kəˈlʌmni/


  1. (countable) A false accusation or charge#Noun|charge brought to tarnish another's reputation or standing#Noun|standing.
    • 1759, William Robertson, “Book V”, in The History of Scotland, during the Reigns of Queen Mary and of King James VI, till His Accession to the Crown of England. […] In Two Volumes, volume I, London: Printed for A[ndrew] Millar […], OCLC 723464553 ↗, page 425 ↗:
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  2. (uncountable) Falsifications or misrepresentations intended to disparage or discredit another.
    Synonyms: calumniousness, defamation, obloquy, traducement, vilification, Thesaurus:slander
    Accusations of abuse were pure extortive calumny in a malicious bid to make money.
    • c. 1599–1602, William Shake-speare, The Tragicall Historie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: […] (First Quarto), London: Printed [by Valentine Simmes] for N[icholas] L[ing] and Iohn Trundell, published 1603, OCLC 84758312 ↗, [Act III, scene i] ↗:
      If thou doſt marry, Ile giue thee / This plague to thy dowry: / Be thou as chaſte as yce, as pure as ſnowe, / Thou ſhalt not ſcape calumny, to a Nunnery goe.
Translations Translations Verb

calumny (calumnys, present participle iesing; past and past participle iesed)

  1. (transitive, formal) To make false accusations or levy#Verb|levy false charge#Noun|charges against a person with the intent to tarnish that person's reputation or standing#Noun|standing; to calumniate.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:defame

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