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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?
In a meeting held by the Knesset Special Committee for Distributive Justice and Social Equality, Likud MK Yoav Kisch connected the trend of libelous complaints to the high number of suicides among divorced men.
denied tarnishing the stellar reputation of the INC with his allegedly libelous remarks made on national television.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoy-an has filed a legal complaint against Zekeriya Euz, the prosecutor who was working on a recent 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 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 libellous phrases were keyed in by a non-native English language speakerEoACA* the specific details which were mentioned in the libelous phrases prove that the writer is an insider who intended to drag my client into this case out of maliciousness.
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.