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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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Despite the incessant calumnies from national media and politicians, most parents recognise and respect that, even if the odd former headteacher who himself has never been on strike does not.
They are not what they used to be, for now they are stabbing each other in the back, without hesitating to spread defamatory allegations and calumnies about yesterday's close friends.
Morjane added that "contents of some of the cables that have to do with domestic affairs of a country only repeat those lies and calumnies of some detractors who are driven by the dogged determination of harming Tunisia," specifying that "these allegations are baseless and do not mirror Tunisia's reality.
These lies and calumnies will not dissuade Jordan from pursuing its efforts to defend security of its citizens and highlight the true image of traditional Islam which is being abused by terrorists who associate Islam with accusations that have nothing to do with its essence, Sharif said.
KCNA said: "At the trial the accused admitted that what they did were criminal acts committed, prompted by the political motive to isolate and stifle the socialist system of the DPRK (North Korea) by faking up moving images aimed at falsifying its human rights performance and hurling slanders and calumnies at it.
Her erstwhile best friend, upholstered like a Victorian sofa, stuffed anything to hand into her glutinously lip-sticked mouth whenever she wasn't spitting out calumnies against Marie.
For this, Roth, whose father fled the Nazis, endured the usual calumnies, as Rosa Brooks noted in a column in the Los Angeles Times.
ONE OF THE ANCIENT CALUMNIES against the Jews holds that an inborn instinct for sharp practices led them into the ranks of moneylenders and other urban occupational groups.
President Bush on August 18 hurled malignant slanders and calumnies at the supreme headquarters of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Instead, it throws the author a 300-page pity party, glamorizing his psychotic excesses and heaping calumnies on his former supervisors and colleagues, as if they haven't already suffered enough for his presence in their midst.
He prepares them for the impending separation, for His imminent Passion, and, prepares them to undergo, for love of Him, calumnies, persecutions and death itself.