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Calumniate in a Sentence

Examples of calumniate in a sentence

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Below you will find the definition of calumniate, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.


(verb) - charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone

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EXAMPLES - Calumniate in a Sentence

  1. In fact, she may rise out of her grave to calumniate me. (source)
  2. -- Liberty to calumniate, abuse, revile the most venerated things. (source)
  3. Who shall praise or honour princes who insult and calumniate each other? (source)
  4. We have never visited that people but to enrich ourselves and calumniate them. (source)
  5. I replied: "Do not calumniate the rich, for they are the lords of munificence." (source)
  6. The slogan of unrighteousness is: "Calumniate, calumniate, some of it will stick!" (source)
  7. I demanded, half in anger, half in a stupefaction of surprise, at his daring to calumniate me. (source)
  8. 'Oh! thanks for that one avowal; that explains fully the bitterness with which you calumniate her.' (source)
  9. One wonders why someone bothered to Anglicise the phraseology and then calumniate blameless exam candidates. (source)
  10. I tell thee truly, O king, that those foolish persons, without doubt, meet with destruction who calumniate the (source)
  11. Yet this writer, at every turn, confounds these two things together only to calumniate and impose on the public. (source)
  12. It is easy to calumniate a person by qualifying him in an off-hand way as a thief, a blackleg, a fast-liver, etc. (source)
  13. He who possesses four wives, possesses four harpies, always ready to calumniate, to annoy, and to fight one another. (source)
  14. Soon Mr. Figes's lawyer was running around threatening libel actions against anyone who dared to calumniate his client. (source)
  15. What an abomination, exclaim the strict Unitarians, so atrociously to calumniate the Author of Nature as even to impute to (source)
  16. Our bigots, who calumniate the world, have said a hundred times, that your religion succeeded only because it was wholly sensual. (source)
  17. We will add that they outrage their Master by seeming to believe that in order to exalt Him it is necessary to calumniate humanity. (source)
  18. So those that are insatiable pursuers of glory calumniate glory to others who are their rivals, that they may get it without antagonists. (source)
  19. "ye are spoken against," omitting the rest. falsely accuse -- "calumniate"; the Greek expresses malice shown in deeds as well as in words. (source)
  20. Obviously this run of anti-Church blockbusters does not mean that America's leading publishers are conspiring to destroy or calumniate Catholicism. (source)
  21. The crime, some suggested, was the logical culmination of certain pro-lifers 'apocalyptic rhetoric and their penchant for singling out particular individuals to calumniate. (source)
  22. What he said annoyed Heracleides, who was afraid of being ousted from the friendship of Seuthes, and from that day forward he did his best to calumniate Xenophon before Seuthes. (source)
  23. But in this instance, Sir W. Muir, being anxious to quote his fictitious story to calumniate Mohammad, has ceased to be a judicious historian, and deviates from his self-imposed rule. (source)
  24. Why then would not he be thought openly to calumniate, who says that the Phocians chose the best, not for the love of virtue, but because they saw the Thessalians on the contrary side? (source)
  25. In the eyes of despotic governments, who are always interested in having liberty calumniate itself, the Revolution of July committed the fault of being formidable and of remaining gentle. (source)
  26. Fall not into one name with that unclean spirit, nor act his nature whom thou so much abhorrest, that is, to accuse, calumniate, backbite, whisper, detract, or sinistrously interpret others. (source)
  27. This man did actually teach his boys righteousness in the way you suggest, to lie and not to lie, to cheat and not to cheat, to calumniate and not to calumniate, to be grasping and not grasping. (source)
  28. The worship of God is, Honouring his gifts in other men each according to his genius, and loving the greatest men best; those who envy or calumniate great men hate God, for there is no other God. (source)
  29. Since there is yet a credence in my heart, An esferance so obstinately strong, That does invert the attest of eyes and ears; As if those organs had deceptious functions, Created only to calumniate .... (source)
  30. He, perceiving the knavery of Heracleides, and that his object was to calumniate him with the other generals, presented himself; but at the same time he took care to bring all the generals and the officers. (source)
  31. She was now wholly confirmed that he had wronged her with Mr Delvile; she could not have two enemies so malignant without provocation, and he who so unfeelingly could dissolve a union at the very altar, could alone have the baseness to calumniate her so cruelly. (source)
  32. Christian who thought thereby to throw a light on the text of the evangelist, or by some illintentioned enemy who wished a pretext to calumniate the Church, as if the evangelists had remarked an eclipse at a time when it was very evident that it could not have happened. (source)
  33. I tell you, "continued Mr Clayton, flushing as he raised his voice," there are men living now whom I have raised from beggary and want -- men, indebted to me for the air they breathe, who calumniate and defame me through the world, and who will not cease to do so till I or they are sleeping in the dust. (source)
  34. What shall we say to those theologians who deny all power to man's reason, and consider the understanding as a receiver which does nothing but receive the liquid which is poured into it? to those theologians who, not content with despising Aristotle and Plato, think themselves obliged to vilify Socrates and calumniate Regulus? (source)
  35. Having opened the volume of reproach, and begun to calumniate the rich, his discourse had reached this place, stating: "The hand of the poor man's ability is tied up, and the foot of the rich man's inclination crippled: -- Men of liberality have no command of money, nor have the opulent and worldly-minded a spirit of liberality." (source)
  36. The Masonic religion should be, by all of its initiates of the higher degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine. if Lucifer were not God, would Adonay (the God of the Christians) whose deeds prove his cruelty perfidy, and hatred of man, Barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and his priests calumniate him? (source)
  37. For fortune can afflict us with disease, take away our money, calumniate us to the people or king, but cannot make a good and brave and high-souled man bad and cowardly and low and ignoble and envious, nor take away that disposition of mind, whose constant presence is of more use for the conduct of life than the presence of a pilot at sea. (source)
  38. The crime was not probable, but it was still less so that a child of the age of five years and a half should thus calumniate his mother, and repeat with exactness all the circumstances of an abominable and unheard-of crime; if he had not been the eye-witness of it, and been overcome with the force of the truth, such things would not have been wrung from him. (source)
  39. And because the Church, the pillar and ground of truth, and the unerring teacher of morals, is forced utterly to reprobate and condemn tolerance of such an abandoned and criminal character, they calumniate her as being wanting in patience and gentleness, and thus fail to see that, in so doing, they impute to her as a fault what is in reality a matter for commendation. (source)
  40. Delvile, by which her own goodness proved the source of her defamation: and though something still hung upon her mind that destroyed that firm confidence she had hitherto felt in the friendship of Mr Monckton, she held it utterly unjust to condemn him without proof, which she was not more unable to procure, than to satisfy herself with any reason why so perfidiously he should calumniate her. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 46.0, which suggests that "calumniate" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.


We have 12 synonyms for calumniate.

accuse, asperse, blacken, blaspheme, libel, malign, revile, scandalize, slander, slur, smear, vilify


We have 5 antonyms for calumniate.

compliment, flatter, honor, laud, praise


Pronunciation: (kə-lŭmˈnē-ātˌ)

Syllabification: ca-lum-ni-ate


View up to 25 definitions of calumniate from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (verb-transitive) To make maliciously or knowingly false statements about. See Synonyms at malign.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (verb) To make hurtful untrue comments about (someone)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (verb-intransitive) To accuse falsely and maliciously of a crime or offense, or of something disreputable; to slander; to libel.
  2. (verb-intransitive) To propagate evil reports with a design to injure the reputation of another; to make purposely false charges of some offense or crime.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) To utter calumny regarding; charge falsely and knowingly with some crime or offense, or something disreputable; slander.
  2. (None) Synonyms Defame, Calumniate, etc. See asperse.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (verb) charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone