(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb To make defamatory statements about: asperse, backbite, defame, malign, slander, slur, tear down, traduce, vilify. Law: libel. Idiom: cast aspersions on. See ATTACK, CRIMES, LAW.

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  • Calumniate — Ca*lum ni*ate, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Calumniated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {calumniating}.] [L. calumniatus, p. p. of calumniari. See {Calumny}, and cf. {Challenge}, v. t.] To accuse falsely and maliciously of a crime or offense, or of something… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Calumniate — Ca*lum ni*ate, v. i. To propagate evil reports with a design to injure the reputation of another; to make purposely false charges of some offense or crime. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • calumniate — index contemn, defame, denigrate, denounce (condemn), derogate, disparage, lessen, libel …   Law dictionary

  • calumniate — (v.) 1550s, from L. calumniatus, pp. of calumniari to accuse falsely, from calumnia slander, false accusation (see CALUMNY (Cf. calumny)). Related: Calumniation; calumniator …   Etymology dictionary

  • calumniate — defame, slander, asperse, traduce, *malign, vilify, libel Analogous words: revile, vituperate (see SCOLD): *decry, derogate, detract, belittle, disparage Antonyms: eulogize: vindicate Contrasted words: extol, laud, *praise, acclaim: defend,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • calumniate — ► VERB formal ▪ make false and defamatory statements about. DERIVATIVES calumniator noun …   English terms dictionary

  • calumniate — [kə lum′nē āt΄] vt., vi. calumniated, calumniating [< L calumniatus, pp. of calumniari, to slander < calumnia: see CALUMNY] to spread false and harmful statements about; slander calumniation n. calumniator n …   English World dictionary

  • calumniate — transitive verb ( ated; ating) Date: 1554 1. to utter maliciously false statements, charges, or imputations about 2. to injure the reputation of by calumny Synonyms: see malign • calumniation noun • calumniator …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • calumniate — calumniation, n. calumniator, n. /keuh lum nee ayt /, v.t., calumniated, calumniating. to make false and malicious statements about; slander. [1545 55; < L calumniatus (ptp. of calumniari to accuse falsely, trick), equiv. to calumni(a) CALUMNY +… …   Universalium

  • calumniate — verb /kəˈlʌmni.eɪt/ To make hurtful untrue comments about (someone) Syn: slander See Also: calumniation, calumniator, calumniatory, calumnious, calumny …   Wiktionary

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