• (noun): A false publication, as in writing, print, signs, or pictures, that damages a person's reputation.
  • (noun): The act of presenting such material to the public.
  • (noun): The written claims presented by a plaintiff in an action at admiralty law or to an ecclesiastical court.
  • (verb-transitive): To publish a libel about (a person). See Synonyms at malign.

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  • (noun): the written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action (the defamation) and any relief he seeks
  • (noun): a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
  • (verb): print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"

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  • April except (1) Dr. Royce's insistence that my reply to his first libel should _not be published at all without his second libel_, and

  • Jill and Gretta are apparently on the job and both using the term libel as if they knew what it meant.

  • "A thrush forgets in a year," which I call a libel on one of our most intelligent birds; or cry, with another singer,

  • The old man, not knowing to whom to ascribe the (what he termed libel,) vented his malice on me, by asserting that I was the author of it, of which I was perfectly innocent: but he made my master believe it.

  • As to his defence having been abandoned, we refer your Lordships to the last petition laid by him upon your table, (that libellous petition, which we speak of as a libel upon the House of Commons,) and which has no validity but as it asserts a matter of fact from the petitioner; and there you will find that he has declared explicitly, that, for the accommodation and ease of this business, and for its expedition, he did abandon his defence at a certain period.

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