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libelous

[lahy-buh-luh s] /ˈlaɪ bə ləs/
adjective
1.
containing, constituting, or involving a libel; maliciously defamatory.
Also, especially British, libellous.
Origin
1610-1620
1610-20; libel + -ous
Related forms
libelously; especially British, libellously, adverb
nonlibelous, adjective
nonlibelously, adverb
unlibellous, adjective
unlibellously, adverb
unlibelous, adjective
unlibelously, adverb
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Word Origin and History for libellous

libelous

adj.

also libellous, 1610s, from libel (n.) + -ous. Related: Libelously; libelousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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