- 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.
- anything that is defamatory or that maliciously or damagingly misrepresents.
- to publish a libel against.
- to misrepresent damagingly.
- to institute suit against by a libel, as in an admiralty court.
Origin of libel
Examples from the Web for libeling
Bob Grenier sued Alex in 2012, accusing him of mounting “cyber-bully hate campaign” and libeling him on the Internet.Calvary Chapel’s Tangled Web
January 27, 2013
They were debated in the Reichstag, while Most was being tried for libeling the clergy.Socialism and Democracy in Europe
Samuel P. Orth
The best men in Ulster, the best Unionists in Ireland will not be grateful to you for libeling their countrymen in your verse.Imaginations and Reveries
(A.E.) George William Russell
Many of them content themselves with libeling and insulting the leaders of the Zionist movement.Zionism and Anti-Semitism
Max Simon Nordau
My most humble apologies are due to the Atlantic for libeling that ocean at the beginning of this book.A Frenchman in America
One Williams, a barrister, arraigned for libeling the king, was executed.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology
- the publication of defamatory matter in permanent form, as by a written or printed statement, picture, etc
- the act of publishing such matter
- any defamatory or unflattering representation or statement
- ecclesiastical law a claimant's written statement of claim
- Scots law the formal statement of a charge
- law to make or publish a defamatory statement or representation about (a person)
- to misrepresent injuriously
- ecclesiastical law to bring an action against (a person) in the ecclesiastical courts
Word Origin and History for libeling
mid-15c., "make an initial statement setting out a plaintiff's case" (modern sense from 1560s), from libel (n.), q.v. for sense development. Related: Libeled; libelled; libeling; libelling.
c.1300, "formal written statement," especially, in civil law, "plaintiff's statement of charges" (mid-14c.); from Old French libelle (fem.) "small book; (legal) charge, claim; writ; written report" (13c.), from Latin libellus "a little book, pamphlet; petition, written accusation, complaint," diminutive of liber "book" (see library). Broader sense of "any published or written statement likely to harm a person's reputation" is first attested 1630s.