This post is in response to Heena Rathore P.’s Word of the Week (WOW). This weekly meme is a great way of improving your vocabulary. If you wish to participate, simply create a post with your word and leave a link in a comment on Heena’s WOW post.
Here’s my WOW for this week:
Part of Speech
- A false or malicious statement made to injure another’s reputation.
The utterance of maliciously false statements; slander, misrepresentation, defamation
- abuse, aspersion, calumniation, defamation, derogation, detraction, disparagement, libel, malignment, obloquy, slander, smear, traducement, vilification
- attack, backbiting, defamation, denigration, slander, malignment, misrepresentation
acclaim, accolade, commendation, flattery, honour, praise,
From Middle English: ‘calumnie’, from Old French: ‘calomnie’, from Latin :’calumnia’, from ‘calví’ to deceive.
Use in a sentence
- The whispered tale was idle calumny, a malicious rumour without the slightest truth.
- His opponents sort to ruin him with vile calumny.
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