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Meaning of Calumny
A false accusation of crime . The word has been used interchangeably with libel , slander and defamation .
Calumny Alternative Definition
Defamation. In old practice. The unjust prosecution or defense of a suit. See 30 Ohio St. 117.
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What does Calumny mean in American Law?
Today, tends to be a nontechnical synonym for the more specifically legal terms “libel,” “slander,” and “defamation.” While earlier usage included those more general meanings, it sometimes (especially in Latin forms, e.g., calumniare, i.e., to calumniate) also encompassed the more specific wrong of falsely bringing suit, e.g,, out of malice. Hence an oath taken that a suit was brought in good faith might be called calumniae jusjurandum, i.e., oath against calumny. See affidavit of good faith. And in some instance “calumniating” (or the Latin calumniare) might refer merely to the bringing of a suit, even if in good faith. See also calumnia for a Roman Law usage.
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