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Meaning of CALUMNIATE

Pronunciation:  ku'lumnee`eyt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[v]  charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"
 

CALUMNIATE is a 10 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: asperse, besmirch, defame, denigrate, slander, smear, smirch, sully
 
 See Also: accuse, assassinate, badmouth, charge, drag through the mud, libel, malign, traduce

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \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 disreputable; to slander; to libel.
    
          Hatred unto the truth did always falsely report and
          calumniate all godly men's doings.       --Strype.
    
    {Syn}. -- To asperse; slander; defame; vilify; traduce;
       belie; bespatter; blacken; libel. See {Asperse}.
    
    
  2. \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.
    
    
 

 

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