Complete Works of Virginia Woolf: The Voyage Out
Envy and calumny and hate and pain - you remember?
I really respect some snuffy old stockbroker who's gone on adding up column after column all his days, and trotting back to his villa at Brixton with some old pug dog he worships, and a dreary little wife sitting at the end of the table, and going off to Margate for a fortnight - I assure you I know heaps like that - well, they seem to me really nobler than poets whom every one worships, just because they're geniuses and die young.
a false statement about a person that is made to damage their reputation.
1. supercilious or contemptuous;
2. in a bad temper and easily annoyed;