From Middle English chalenge, variant with palatalization of Middle English kalange ("an accusation, claim"), from Old French chalenge, chalonge, palatalized Central French variants of , calonge (see Continental Norman calengier), from Latin calumnia ("a false accusation, calumny"), from Proto-Indo-European *kēl-, *ḱēl-. Cognate with Old English hol ("calumny"). calumny.
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