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libelous

[lahy-buh-luh s]
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adjective
  1. containing, constituting, or involving a libel; maliciously defamatory.
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Also especially British, li·bel·lous.

Origin of libelous

First recorded in 1610–20; libel + -ous
Related formsli·bel·ous·ly; especially British, li·bel·lous·ly, adverbnon·li·bel·ous, adjectivenon·li·bel·ous·ly, adverbun·li·bel·lous, adjectiveun·li·bel·lous·ly, adverbun·li·bel·ous, adjectiveun·li·bel·ous·ly, adverb
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libelous

adj.

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

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