- defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures.
- the act or crime of publishing it.
- a formal written declaration or statement, as one containing the allegations of a plaintiff or the grounds of a charge.
verb (used with object), li·beled, li·bel·ing or (especially British) li·belled, li·bel·ling.
Origin of libel
Related formsin·ter·li·bel, verb (used with object), in·ter·li·beled, in·ter·li·bel·ing or (especially British) in·ter·li·belled, in·ter·li·bel·ling.un·li·beled, adjectiveun·li·belled, adjective
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Examples from the Web for libel
A libel suit reverses the roles of plaintiff and defendant; the former must defend itself against the latter's charges.
Yitzhar spokesman says the settlement 'has won a number of libel suits against media groups and the Israel Police.'Slim Majority Of Israelis Would Support Peace Deal Referendum|Orly Halpern|July 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
According to Dershowitz, Corey called Harvard Law School and threatened to sue to the school for libel for his comments.Who Is Angela Corey? From Being Fired to Prosecuting Zimmerman|Caroline Linton|July 15, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The bill aims to protect the IDF from libel by Israel detractors.Jerusalem 'Price Taggers' Damage Jewish, Arab Cars|Orly Halpern|May 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson is on the rampage again, suing a Wall Street Journal reporter for libel.Sheldon Adelson, the Billionaire Who Bankrupted Me|John L. Smith|February 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
While the Affirmation Bill was on its way the libel action by Peters was heard and decided.Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2)|Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
His demand for a thorough investigation of the libel was refused.Byzantine Churches in Constantinople|Alexander Van Millingen
Owing to an abortive and obscurely originated action for libel, the whole matter revives.Lord Randolph Churchill|Winston Spencer Churchill
Now I call this a gross libel on the ship's company at large.In Eastern Seas|J. J. Smith
Men were put in the pillory for perjury, libel, and the like.Lord John Russell|Stuart J. Reid
British Dictionary definitions for libel
- the publication of defamatory matter in permanent form, as by a written or printed statement, picture, etc
- the act of publishing such matter
verb -bels, -belling or -belled or US -bels, -beling or -beled (tr)
Derived Formslibeller or libelist, nounlibellous or libelous, adjective
Word Origin for libel
Culture definitions for libel
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 (see also First Amendment).