From calumnia (trickery, artifice) +‎ .



calumnior (present infinitive calumniārī, perfect active calumniātus sum); first conjugation, deponent

  1. I depreciate, misrepresent, cavil at, calumniate, blame unjustly, blackmail
    calumniare audacter, quia semper aliquid adhæret.
    Slander boldly, for something always sticks. – Johannes Jacobus Manlius, Locorum Communium Collectanea, page 393 (1562)
    Manlius paraphrases Plutarch, who says the following about Medios of Larissa:
    ἐκέλευεν οὖν θαρροῦντας ἅπτεσθαι καὶ δάκνειν ταῖς διαβολαῖς, διδάσκων ὅτι, κἂν θεραπεύσῃ τὸ ἕλκος ὁ δεδηγμένος, ἡ οὐλὴ μένει τῆς διαβολῆς.
    He [Medios] urged people to boldly hold fast and sink in their teeth with their slanders, teaching that even if the bitten may heal the wound, the scar of the slanders remains. – Plut. Adulator, page 17r (c. 100 AD)
  2. I contrive tricks, intrigue.
  3. (law) I accuse falsely, bring false information against someone.
  4. (law) I practise legal chicanery, trickery, or subterfuge.


   Conjugation of calumnior (first conjugation, deponent)
indicative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present calumnior calumniāris, calumniāre calumniātur calumniāmur calumniāminī calumniantur
imperfect calumniābar calumniābāris, calumniābāre calumniābātur calumniābāmur calumniābāminī calumniābantur
future calumniābor calumniāberis, calumniābere calumniābitur calumniābimur calumniābiminī calumniābuntur
perfect calumniātus + present active indicative of sum
pluperfect calumniātus + imperfect active indicative of sum
future perfect calumniātus + future active indicative of sum
subjunctive singular plural
first second third first second third
active present calumnier calumniēris, calumniēre calumniētur calumniēmur calumniēminī calumnientur
imperfect calumniārer calumniārēris, calumniārēre calumniārētur calumniārēmur calumniārēminī calumniārentur
perfect calumniātus + present active subjunctive of sum
pluperfect calumniātus + imperfect active subjunctive of sum
imperative singular plural
first second third first second third
active present calumniāre calumniāminī
future calumniātor calumniātor calumniantor
non-finite forms active passive
present perfect future present perfect future
infinitives calumniārī calumniātum esse calumniātūrum esse
participles calumniāns calumniātus calumniātūrus calumniandus
verbal nouns gerund supine
genitive dative accusative ablative accusative ablative
calumniandī calumniandō calumniandum calumniandō calumniātum calumniātū

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  • English: calumniate
  • French: calomnier
  • Italian: calunniare


  • calumnior in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • calumnior in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • calumnior in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette