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also li·bel·lous  (lī′bə-ləs)
Involving or constituting a libel; defamatory.

li′bel·ous·ly adv.


(ˈlaɪ bə ləs)

containing, constituting, or involving a libel; maliciously or damagingly defamatory.
Also, esp. Brit.,li′bel•lous.
li′bel•ous•ly;esp. Brit., li′bel•lous•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.libelous - (used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign
harmful - causing or capable of causing harm; "too much sun is harmful to the skin"; "harmful effects of smoking"


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The article, being libelous, had to be returned as impossible; and I had to renounce my dream of dragging its author into the limelight.
But while the libelous title of "A ROGUE'S LIFE" stares me in the face at the top of the page, how can I, as a rich and reputable man, be expected to communicate any further autobiographical particulars, in this place, to a discerning public of readers?
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ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an has filed a legal complaint against Zekeriya Euz, the former prosecutor who was working on a major corruption case and was later appointed by authorities to a less influential position, on the grounds that Euz used threatening, libelous and insulting language against Erdoy-an in his Twitter posts.
He added that this only forces his client to respond to their libelous and false statements, Radar Online reported.
The group, which has always made transparency and a process of dialogue based on respect the cornerstone of its communications and information policy, considers itself to be victim of serious harm to its image, reputation and honor, founded on libelous and false statements.
If some libelous information is published, people usually apply to the court, she said.
The Chairman reserves his right to initiate legal action under the laws of libel for potentially libelous statements made during this programme, the spokesperson said.
According to sources from the Principality, close to the affair, Eringer's blog "is a libelous and defamatory work.
The circuit court found the defendants were protected under Oklahoma Title 12, which states that criticisms of public officials can't be considered libelous unless they contain false allegations of criminal conduct.
Defense Minister's accusations are libelous and are contrary to democratic spirit.
College officials say the email is libelous and they're seeking compensatory damages.