Ca·lum·ni·ate v. i. [imp. & p. p. Calumniated; p. pr. & vb. n. calumniating.] To accuse falsely and maliciously of a crime or offense, or of something disreputable; to slander; to libel.
Hatred unto the truth did always falsely report and calumniate all godly men's doings. --Strype.
Syn. -- To asperse; slander; defame; vilify; traduce; belie; bespatter; blacken; libel. See Asperse.
Ca·lum·ni·ate, v. i. To propagate evil reports with a design to injure the reputation of another; to make purposely false charges of some offense or crime.
v : charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good
name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have
defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my
reputation" [syn: defame, slander, smirch, asperse,
denigrate, smear, sully, besmirch]