Definition of calumniate in English:



  • Make false and defamatory statements about.

    ‘foes were calumniating him in the US press’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was hated and 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.’
    • ‘One of his officers makes a slide that calumniates cadets who do not select combat arms branches.’
    • ‘I agree that he has been calumniated in some ways.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But he was unorthodox, and as soon as the grave closed over him, he was grossly calumniated.’
    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).