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Meaning of LIBEL

Pronunciation:  'lIbul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a tort consisting of false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
  2. [v]  make slanderous statements against; "The paper was accused of libeling him"

LIBEL is a 5 letter word that starts with L.


 See Also: asperse, besmirch, calumniate, calumny, civil wrong, defamation, defame, denigrate, hatchet job, obloquy, slander, smear, smirch, sully, tort, traducement



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Li"bel\ (l[imac]"b[e^]l), n. [L. libellus a little book,
    pamphlet, libel, lampoon, dim. of liber the liber or inner
    bark of a tree; also (because the ancients wrote on this
    bark), paper, parchment, or a roll of any material used to
    write upon, and hence, a book or treatise: cf. F. libelle.]
    1. A brief writing of any kind, esp. a declaration, bill,
       certificate, request, supplication, etc. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
             A libel of forsaking [divorcement].   --Wyclif
                                                   (Matt. v. 31).
    2. Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.
    3. (Law) A malicious publication expressed either in print or
       in writing, or by pictures, effigies, or other signs,
       tending to expose another to public hatred, contempt, or
       ridicule. Such publication is indictable at common law.
    Note: The term, in a more extended sense, includes the
          publication of such writings, pictures, and the like,
          as are of a blasphemous, treasonable, seditious, or
          obscene character. These also are indictable at common
    4. (Law) The crime of issuing a malicious defamatory
    5. (Civil Law & Courts of Admiralty) A written declaration or
       statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of
       the relief he seeks.
  2. \Li"bel\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Libeled} (-b[e^]ld) or
    {Libelled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Libeling} or {Libelling}.]
    1. To defame, or expose to public hatred, contempt, or
       ridicule, by a writing, picture, sign, etc.; to lampoon.
             Some wicked wits have libeled all the fair. --Pope.
    2. (Law) To proceed against by filing a libel, particularly
       against a ship or goods.
  3. \Li"bel\ (l[imac]"b[e^]l), v. i.
    To spread defamation, written or printed; -- with against.
          What's this but libeling against the senate? --Shak.
          [He] libels now 'gainst each great man.  --Donne.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: Published defamation which tends to injure a person's reputation.
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