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libel

[lahy-buhl]
noun
1.
Law.
a.
defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures.
b.
the act or crime of publishing it.
c.
a formal written declaration or statement, as one containing the allegations of a plaintiff or the grounds of a charge.
2.
anything that is defamatory or that maliciously or damagingly misrepresents.
verb (used with object), libeled, libeling or (especially British) libelled, libelling.
3.
to publish a libel against.
4.
to misrepresent damagingly.
5.
to institute suit against by a libel, as in an admiralty court.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English: little book, formal document, especially plaintiff's statement < Latin libellus, diminutive of liber book; for formation, see castellum

interlibel, verb (used with object), interlibeled, interlibeling or (especially British) interlibelled, interlibelling.
unlibeled, adjective
unlibelled, adjective

1. liable, libel ; 2. defamation, libel, slander ; 3. defame, libel, slander.
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libel (ˈlaɪbəl)
 
n
1.  law
 a.  the publication of defamatory matter in permanent form, as by a written or printed statement, picture, etc
 b.  the act of publishing such matter
2.  any defamatory or unflattering representation or statement
3.  ecclesiastical law a claimant's written statement of claim
4.  Scots law the formal statement of a charge
 
vb , -bels, -belling, -belled, -bels, -beling, -beled
5.  law to make or publish a defamatory statement or representation about (a person)
6.  to misrepresent injuriously
7.  ecclesiastical law to bring an action against (a person) in the ecclesiastical courts
 
[C13 (in the sense: written statement), hence C14 legal sense: a plaintiff's statement, via Old French from Latin libellus a little book, from liber a book]
 
'libeller
 
n
 
'libelist
 
n
 
'libellous
 
adj
 
'libelous
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

libel
c.1300, "formal written statement," especially, in civil law, "plaintiff's statement of charges" (mid-14c.); from O.Fr. libelle (fem.), from L. libellus "a little book, petition," dim. of liber "book" (see library). Broader sense of "any published or written statement likely
to harm a person's reputation" is first attested 1630s. The verb is c.1570, from the noun. Related: Libelous; libellous.
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libel definition


A written, printed, or pictorial statement that unjustly defames someone publicly. Prosecution of libel as a punishable offense puts some measure of restriction on freedom of the press under the First Amendment.

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