Etymology
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calumny (n.)

mid-15c., "false accusation, slander," from Old French calomnie (15c.), from Latin calumnia "trickery, subterfuge, misrepresentation, malicious charge," from calvi "to trick, deceive."

PIE cognates include Greek kelein "to bewitch, cast a spell," Gothic holon "to slander," Old Norse hol "praise, flattery," Old English hol "slander," holian "to betray," Old High German huolen "to deceive." The whole group is perhaps from the same root as call (v.). A doublet of challenge.

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Definitions of calumny

calumny (n.)
a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions;
Synonyms: defamation / calumniation / obloquy / traducement / hatchet job
calumny (n.)
an abusive attack on a person's character or good name;
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