From calumnia (“trickery, artifice”) + -ō.
calumnior (present infinitive calumniārī, perfect active calumniātus sum); first conjugation, deponent
- 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)
- I contrive tricks, intrigue.
- (law) I accuse falsely, bring false information against someone.
- (law) I practise legal chicanery, trickery, or subterfuge.
- 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