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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.


another spelling of libeller


(ˈlaɪ bə lər)

a person who libels; a person who publishes a libel assailing another.
Also, esp. Brit.,li′bel•ler.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.libeler - one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libellibeler - one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel
depreciator, detractor, disparager, knocker - one who disparages or belittles the worth of something
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