A Word A Day : Calumniate

Word for 6th August 2007 is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : (ka-lum'ne-at')

1. To make maliciously or knowingly false statements about

2. To make defamatory statements about

3. Cast aspersions

4. Charge falsely or with malicious intent

5. Attack the good name and reputation of someone


Latin calumniārī, calumniāt-, from calumnia, calumny


1. Besmirch

2. Sully

3. Smear

4. Denigrate

5. Asperse

6. Smirch

7. Slander

8. Defame


1. Praise

2. Speak high of

3. Laud

Contextual Example:

• My sister was married to the villain who had not hesitated to calumniate the woman whom he had ruined and then to cast her helpless on the world.

Related Words:

Calumnious: Adjecive

Calumniously: Adverb

Calumniatory: Adjecive

Calumny: Noun



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