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Daemon
Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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calumniate

(verb) To make maliciously or knowingly false statements about.

Synonyms: asperse, besmirch, defame, slander, smirch, denigrate, sully, smear

Usage: Martha knew it was wrong to calumniate her former employer, but she was still so angry about being fired that she could not help herself.
walirlan
Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014 7:42:04 AM

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1: to utter false statements, charges, or imputations in order to impair the public reputation of

<it provides an always welcome opportunity to calumniate the masses — R. W. Brown, born 1925>

2: to injure or impair the public reputation of by calumny

<trying to calumniate the leaders of the opposition>
<gallantly defended the sage … against those who sought to calumniate his memory — A. L. Sachar>

Origin of CALUMNIATE

Latin calumniatus, past participle of calumniari, from calumnia calumny

First Known Use: 1554 (sense 1)

Related to CALUMNIATE

Synonyms:

asperse, blacken, slander, defame, libel, malign, smear, traduce, vilify

Related Words:

belittle, denigrate, detract, disparage; discredit, disgrace, dishonor, shame; abase, debase, degrade, humble, humiliate; disdain, scorn

Near Antonyms:

exalt, glorify, honor; acclaim, applaud, commend, praise; esteem, respect; admire, regard; adore, revere, venerate, worship
monamagda
Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014 8:37:13 AM

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Calumniate is to be preferred as the verb, because the perpetrator can then be called a calumniator, which has a zestier flavor than calumnizer and avoids the calumnist/columnist confusion.

No Uncertain Terms

http://books.simonandschuster.com/No-Uncertain-Terms/William-Safire/9780743249553
nkelsey
Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014 5:28:38 PM
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calling someone Calu( kalu/black) + mniate(maniac) is a bad slander, as a person( aspersion).
JUSTIN Excellence
Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014 9:09:10 PM

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The Lady from the Rose Palace, who preside over the Winter Garden, was not inclined to calumniate the flowers I sent, that have the small fragrance of their own. Yet worn by her they will not lack for regal scent...






Vicki Holzknecht
Posted: Saturday, August 23, 2014 11:09:55 PM

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A coworker of mind tried to calumniate a story about me; trying to get me fired.
TheParser
Posted: Sunday, August 24, 2014 8:08:23 AM
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I doubt that most Americans would ever use this verb.

I do think that it is a shame that more Americans do not use the noun "calumny."

I doubt that most Americans even know the word.

There is a big debate in the United States over the huge amount of calumny that one encounters on the World Wide Web.

For example, some malicious people will post negative reviews of a particular business. Such reviews can badly damage its reputation.
Prof. Crayon
Posted: Thursday, September 4, 2014 6:24:21 AM

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To calumniate someone's reputation.
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