- containing, constituting, or involving a libel; maliciously defamatory.
Also especially British, li·bel·lous.
Origin of libelous
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Examples from the Web for libellous
The pieces were regarded as libellous, and he was fined £12 13s.Bygone Punishments
I hope I am not libellous, and I believe I have steered safely.
I thought this a very improper allusion for a clergyman, not to say libellous.Memoirs
Charles Godfrey Leland
In my opinion it's libellous to say that I'm protecting a deserter.Our Casualty And Other Stories
James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
The printer, the vender, and the reader of any libellous publication, are all equally liable to be flogged with the bamboo.
Word Origin and History for libellous
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