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Make false and defamatory statements about.‘foes were calumniating him in the US press’
belittle, denigrate, deprecate, depreciate, downgrade, play down, deflate, trivialize, minimize, make light of, treat lightly, undervalue, underrate, underestimateView synonyms
- ‘One of his officers makes a slide that calumniates cadets who do not select combat arms branches.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He was hated and calumniated.’
- ‘Why, does he know you so calumniate him?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
Mid 16th century: from Latin calumniari, from calumnia (see calumny).
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