Libel; slander; defamation. "There was a word called 'calumny’ in the civil law, which signified an unjust prosecution or defense of a suit, and the phrase is still said to be used in the courts of Scotland and the ecclesiastical and admiralty courts of England, though we do not find cases of the kind in the reports." See Lanning v Christy, 30 Ohio St 115, 117. See oath of calumny.

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