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(used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign.  Synonyms: calumniatory, defamatory, denigrating, denigrative, denigratory, libellous, libelous, slanderous.

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... light. impugn (disparage the motives of); assail, attack &c 716; oppose &c 708; denounce, accuse &c 938. Adj. detracting &c v.; defamatory, detractory^, derogatory, deprecatory; catty; disparaging, libelous; scurrile, scurrilous; abusive; foul- spoken, foul-tongued, foul-mouthed; slanderous; calumnious, calumniatory^; sarcastic, sardonic; sarcastic, satirical, cynical. critical &c 932. Phr. damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer; and without sneering, teach the rest to sneer [Pope]; another lie nailed to the counter; cut men's throats with whisperings ...
— Roget's Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases: Body • Roget

... came up in another place. Lyon divined that he was capable at intervals of defending his position with violence, but only when it was a very bad one. Then he might easily be dangerous—then he would hit out and become calumnious. Such occasions would test his wife's equanimity—Lyon would have liked to see her there. In the smoking-room and elsewhere the company, so far as it was composed of his familiars, had an hilarious protest always at hand; but among the men who had known him long ...
— A London Life; The Patagonia; The Liar; Mrs. Temperly • Henry James

... of the champions of Slavery, and against those of Abolition, the prediction would have been universally treated by Englishmen as an emanation and a proof of the most grovelling malignity, not less despicably silly than shamelessly calumnious. The time of trial came; and what no one would have ventured to suggest as conceivable proved to be the actual and positive truth. There must have been some deep-lying reason for this,—some reason which ...
— The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866 • Various

... If, as has without due cause been imputed to Bacon, the charge in the essay on Plantations of the sinfulness of 'forsaking or destituting a plantation once in forwardness' refer to Ralegh, Bacon would be as calumnious. In 1590 White prosecuted the search for his daughter and grandchild, and the rest of the vanished planters. Ralegh despatched other expeditions for the same object, and with as little success. One, under Samuel Mace, with that purpose sailed in 1602 or 1603. ...
— Sir Walter Ralegh - A Biography • William Stebbing

... cast down: "There are many incidents connected with this inheritance of M. de Rennepont, which appear very complicated—many phantoms, which seem un usually menacing—and yet, nothing could be really more simple and natural. Let us proceed in regular order. Let us put aside all these calumnious imputations; we will return to them afterwards. M. Gabriel de Rennepont—and I humbly beg him to contradict me, if I depart in the least instance from the exact truth—M. Gabriel de Rennepont, in acknowledgment of the ...
— The Wandering Jew, Complete • Eugene Sue

Words linked to "Calumnious" :   harmful, calumny

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