See also: calumniá and calúmnia



From Proto-Italic *kalwomniā, from an unattested adjective *kalwomnos (deceiving, accusing), from the same root as calvor.



calumnia f (genitive calumniae); first declension

  1. A cunning device, trickery, artifice, sophistry, chicanery.
  2. A pretence, evasion, subterfuge.
  3. A misrepresentation, false statement, fallacy, cavil.
  4. A false accusation or prosecution, malicious charge.


First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative calumnia calumniae
Genitive calumniae calumniārum
Dative calumniae calumniīs
Accusative calumniam calumniās
Ablative calumniā calumniīs
Vocative calumnia calumniae

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  • De Vaan, Michiel (2008), “calvor”, in Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill, →ISBN, page 85
  • calumnia in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • calumnia in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • calumnia in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition with additions by D. P. Carpenterius, Adelungius and others, edited by Léopold Favre, 1883–1887)
  • calumnia in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette
  • Carl Meißner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • chicanery (specially of wrongfully accusing an innocent man): calumniae litium (Mil. 27. 74)
  • calumnia in Harry Thurston Peck, editor (1898) Harper's Dictionary of Classical Antiquities, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • calumnia in William Smith et al., editor (1890) A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, London: William Wayte. G. E. Marindin



calumnia f (plural calumnias)

  1. slander, calumny, aspersion, libel, defamation



  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of calumniar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of calumniar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of calumniar.

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