- (countable) A false accusation or charge#Noun|charge brought to tarnish another's reputation or standing#Noun|standing.
- (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.
- German: Verleumdung
- French: calomnie
- German: Rufmord, Verleumdung
- Italian: calunnia
- Portuguese: calúnia
- Russian: изве́т
- Spanish: calumnia
calumny (calumnys, present participle iesing; past and past participle iesed)
- (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
- German: verleumden