Part of speech: noun

A false accusation; defamation; slander.

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Usage examples "calumny":

  1. So when Ryder found he could not corrupt this honest judge with gold, he decided to destroy him with calumny. - "The Lion and the Mouse A Story of an American Life", Charles Klein.
  2. Even paler than Caracalla, and fully aware that any further counsel would be thrown away and only turn the emperor's wrath against himself, he expressed his anger at this calumny directed against the noblest of women, and by a boy hardly free from school! - "The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers", Georg Ebers.
  3. He regretted, as all regretted, the calumnies uttered against the Prince, but in times of such intense excitement every conspicuous man was the mark of calumny. - "Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete", John Lothrop Motley.