Word of the day

The word for today is…

calumny (noun) – 1. A false statement maliciously made to injure another’s reputation.
2. The utterance of maliciously false statements; slander.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Mid-15th century, “false accusation, slander,” from Old French calomnie (15th century), from Latin calumnia “trickery, subterfuge, misrepresentation, malicious charge,” from calvi “to trick, deceive.”

PIE cognates include Greek kelein “to bewitch, cast a spell,” Gothic holon “to slander,” Old Norse hol “praise, flattery,” Old English hol “slander,” holian “to to betray,” Old High German huolen “to deceive.”


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