Definition of calumniate in English:



[with object]formal
  • Make false and defamatory statements about.

    ‘he has been calumniating the Crown and all the conservative decencies’
    • ‘He was hated and calumniated.’
    • ‘You know, I don't have problems with disgracing him in front of the boss or calumniate him or anything like that if there's need for it.’
    • ‘Before any of Mrs. Cryer's adherents is tempted to calumniate, I am not a hunting man although I am a countryman and do shoot clay pigeons.’
    • ‘I agree that he has been calumniated in some ways.’
    • ‘But he was unorthodox, and as soon as the grave closed over him, he was grossly calumniated.’
    • ‘At first, I couldn't bring myself to believe the veracity of the news item until I concluded that the reporter could not have been so debased as to fabricate the news to calumniate college students for no apparent reason.’
    • ‘Why, does he know you so calumniate him?’
    • ‘One of his officers makes a slide that calumniates cadets who do not select combat arms branches.’
    belittle, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, deflate, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimate
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Mid 16th century: from Latin calumniari, from calumnia (see calumny).