When he satirises persons, he goes so far away from their real personalities that the libel ceases to be libellous.
The pieces were regarded as libellous, and he was fined £12 13s.
We can bear this libellous gossip least patiently of all with birds.
I hope I am not libellous, and I believe I have steered safely.
In 1789 he defended Stockdale, a bookseller, for publishing what was charged as a libellous pamphlet in favour of Warren Hastings.
I thought this a very improper allusion for a clergyman, not to say libellous.
The judge told the jury the handbills were libellous, so they returned a verdict of guilty.
In my opinion it's libellous to say that I'm protecting a deserter.
He has quarrelled with an old flame (I, xvi), whom he had affronted by some libellous verses.
It is indeed insulting and libellous to suggest such a thing.