- a falsification or misrepresentation intended to disparage or discredit another.
- accusations of abuse were pure extortive in a malicious bid to make money.
- false charges brought about to tarnish another's reputation or standing.
Etymology: Middle French calomnie from Latin calumnia "slander" from calvi "to deceive".
- French: calomnie
- German: Rufmord, Verleumdung
- Spanish: calumnia
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