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calumny

n. the intentional and generally vicious false accusation of a crime or other offense designed to damage one's reputation. (See: defamation)

See: aspersion, bad repute, defamation, denunciation, dishonor, libel, lie, shame, slander, vilification
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The author adds to these the myth of liberal brilliance and a host of smaller calumnies.
Fraser dispels some of the more flagrant calumnies directed at the queen, such as her involvement in the affair of the Diamond Necklace.
ITS reputation, if you believe such calumnies, suggests that you wouldn't be at all surprised to find a sign there proclaiming SWEENEY TODD, Purveyor of Fine Mutton Pies.
For far too long the more than three million veterans of Vietnam -- from all our military services -- have had to abide the vicious calumnies and caricatures of their critics in the media and academia and the seeming indifference or antipathy of the American public at large.
And Russell's biases toward British empiricism led him to paint verbal pictures of philosophers he did not care for -- Augustine, Aquinas, Kant, Hegel, William James - that were at best caricatures and at worst calumnies.
When I interviewed Yaffa Eliach for the newspaper story, she'd mentioned the attempts by Holocaust-deniers to discredit her, and I'd found some of their calumnies on the Internet.
Poor service I expect, chuminess only adds to their list of calumnies.
A minor instance among hundreds is his repetition of the usual calumnies against "Sicily's persistent backwardness.
And by acquiescing in such a judgment, by greeting its denial with ambivalence, by asserting with greater and greater vehemence that other issues are somehow more pressing or more relevant, we assert more eloquently than anyone in the religious right that their calumnies are true, that we are indeed incapable, wounded so deeply that such commitments and responsibilities are beyond our reach and even beyond our desire.
Quick to react, the Permanent Commission of the National Congress condemned the threats and demanded that government authorities investigate and expose the origin of "these attacks and calumnies.
I certainly knew that there would be calumnies about my conduct.
We are especially saddened that some in the Jewish community have participated in perpetrating calumnies to further a particular political goal.