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li·bel

 (lī′bəl)
n.
1.
a. The legally indefensible publication or broadcast of words or images that are degrading to a person or injurious to his or her reputation.
b. An incidence of such publication or broadcast.
2. The written claims initiating a suit in an admiralty court.
tr.v. li·beled, li·bel·ing, li·bels or li·belled or li·bel·ling
To publish or broadcast a libel about (a person). See Synonyms at malign.

[Middle English, litigant's written complaint, from Old French, from Latin libellus, diminutive of liber, book.]

li′bel·er, li′bel·ist n.

libel

(ˈlaɪbəl)
n
1. (Law) law
a. the publication of defamatory matter in permanent form, as by a written or printed statement, picture, etc
b. the act of publishing such matter
2. any defamatory or unflattering representation or statement
3. (Law) ecclesiastical law a claimant's written statement of claim
4. (Law) Scots law the formal statement of a charge
vb (tr) , -bels, -belling or -belled, -bels, -beling or -beled
5. (Law) law to make or publish a defamatory statement or representation about (a person)
6. to misrepresent injuriously
7. (Law) ecclesiastical law to bring an action against (a person) in the ecclesiastical courts
[C13 (in the sense: written statement), hence C14 legal sense: a plaintiff's statement, via Old French from Latin libellus a little book, from liber a book]
ˈlibeller, ˈlibelist n
ˈlibellous, ˈlibelous adj

li•bel

(ˈlaɪ bəl)

n., v. -beled, -bel•ing (esp. Brit.) -belled, -bel•ling. n.
1.
a. defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or the like, rather than by spoken words.
b. the crime of publishing such matter.
2. anything that is defamatory or that maliciously or damagingly misrepresents.
v.t.
3. to publish a libel against.
4. to misrepresent damagingly.
[1250–1300; Middle English: little book, formal document, especially plaintiff's statement < Latin libellus, diminutive of liber book]

libel

, slander - Libel—from Latin libellus, "little book"—must be published, while spoken defamatory remarks are slander; libel first meant "document, written statement."
See also related terms for published.

libel


Past participle: libelled
Gerund: libelling

Imperative
libel
libel
Present
I libel
you libel
he/she/it libels
we libel
you libel
they libel
Preterite
I libelled
you libelled
he/she/it libelled
we libelled
you libelled
they libelled
Present Continuous
I am libelling
you are libelling
he/she/it is libelling
we are libelling
you are libelling
they are libelling
Present Perfect
I have libelled
you have libelled
he/she/it has libelled
we have libelled
you have libelled
they have libelled
Past Continuous
I was libelling
you were libelling
he/she/it was libelling
we were libelling
you were libelling
they were libelling
Past Perfect
I had libelled
you had libelled
he/she/it had libelled
we had libelled
you had libelled
they had libelled
Future
I will libel
you will libel
he/she/it will libel
we will libel
you will libel
they will libel
Future Perfect
I will have libelled
you will have libelled
he/she/it will have libelled
we will have libelled
you will have libelled
they will have libelled
Future Continuous
I will be libelling
you will be libelling
he/she/it will be libelling
we will be libelling
you will be libelling
they will be libelling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been libelling
you have been libelling
he/she/it has been libelling
we have been libelling
you have been libelling
they have been libelling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been libelling
you will have been libelling
he/she/it will have been libelling
we will have been libelling
you will have been libelling
they will have been libelling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been libelling
you had been libelling
he/she/it had been libelling
we had been libelling
you had been libelling
they had been libelling
Conditional
I would libel
you would libel
he/she/it would libel
we would libel
you would libel
they would libel
Past Conditional
I would have libelled
you would have libelled
he/she/it would have libelled
we would have libelled
you would have libelled
they would have libelled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.libel - a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person
civil wrong, tort - (law) any wrongdoing for which an action for damages may be brought
calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, traducement, obloquy - a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
2.libel - the written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action (the defamation) and any relief he seeks
complaint - (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
Verb1.libel - print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"
asperse, besmirch, calumniate, defame, slander, smirch, denigrate, sully, smear - charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone; "The journalists have defamed me!" "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"

libel

noun
1. defamation, slander, misrepresentation, denigration, smear, calumny, vituperation, obloquy, aspersion He sued them for libel over the remarks.
verb
1. defame, smear, slur, blacken, malign, denigrate, revile, vilify, slander, traduce, derogate, calumniate, drag (someone's) name through the mud The newspaper which libelled him had already offered him compensation.

libel

noun
Law. The expression of injurious, malicious statements about someone:
verb
Law. To make defamatory statements about:
Translations
قَذْف، تَشْهيريُشَهِّر بِ
dopustit se urážky na ctiurážka na cti
bagvaskeinjurieinjuriere
ærumeiîing, meiîyrîiskrifa/segja e-î ærumeiîandi um e-n
apšmeižtišmeižikiškaišmeižikiškasšmeižtasšmeižti
apmelojumsapmelot
dopustiť sa urážky na ctiurážka na cti
iftiraiftira etmekyalan yayınyalan yayın yapmak

libel

[ˈlaɪbəl]
A. N (Jur) → difamación f, calumnia f (on de) (written) → escrito m difamatorio, libelo m
it's a libel! (hum) → ¡es mentira!
B. VTdifamar, calumniar
C. CPD libel action Npleito m por difamación
libel laws NPLleyes fpl contra la difamación
libel suit N = libel action

libel

[ˈlaɪbəl]
vtdiffamer

libel

n(schriftlich geäußerte) Verleumdung (→ on +gen); to begin a libel action against somebodyjdn wegen Verleumdung verklagen; it’s a libel on all of usdas ist eine Verleumdung, die uns alle trifft
vtverleumden

libel

[ˈlaɪbl]
1. n (Law) (crime) → diffamazione f; (written statement) → libello
2. vtdiffamare

libel

(ˈlaibəl) noun
the legal term for something written which is harmful to a person's reputation.
verbpast tense, past participle ˈlibelled , (American) ˈlibeled
to damage the reputation of (someone) by libel.
ˈlibellous adjective
ˈlibellously adverb
References in classic literature ?
If you mean libel, I'd say so, and not talk about labels, as if Papa was a pickle bottle," advised Jo, laughing.
It is not pretended that these laws and customs existed in England in the sixth century; no, it is only pretended that inasmuch as they existed in the English and other civilizations of far later times, it is safe to consider that it is no libel upon the sixth century to suppose them to have been in practice in that day also.
Trefusis, enraged, wrote an argumentative letter to the "Times," which was not inserted, a sarcastic one to the trades-union, which did no good, and a fierce one to the employers, who threatened to take an action for libel.
I think, Miss Monson," he continued, after a very beautiful specimen of rigmarole in the way of love-making, a rigmarole that might have very fairly figured in an editor's law and logic, after he had been beaten in a libel suit, ''I think, Miss Monson, you cannot have overlooked the VERY particular attentions I have endeavored to pay you, ever since I have been so fortunate as to have made your acquaintance?
Smooth-it-away, taking my arm and leading me off, "these fellows ought to be indicted for a libel.
Malone desires to state that both the injunction for restraint and the libel action have been withdrawn unreservedly by Professor G.
It might truly be said of him, as for many journalists in authority, that his most familiar emotion was one of continuous fear; fear of libel actions, fear of lost advertisements, fear of misprints, fear of the sack.
He mixed up the first murderer with quite the wrong murder, and capped his mistake in the next breath with an intolerable libel on the very pearl of our particular tribe.
I say, the most ungentlemanly trick a man can be guilty of is to come among the members of his profession with innovations which are a libel on their time-honored procedure.
You're nothing but a good pup, and the man who put the hyaeno in your name ought to be sued for libel.
Terror turned your heart to water," he replied; "and shame your tongue to libel.
The extracts from my son's Diary are a libel on his character," she said.