- 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.
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Origin of libel
OTHER WORDS FROM libelin·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
Words nearby libel
Example sentences 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.
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
My most humble apologies are due to the Atlantic for libeling that ocean at the beginning of this book.A Frenchman in America|Max O'Rell
They were debated in the Reichstag, while Most was being tried for libeling the clergy.Socialism and Democracy in Europe|Samuel P. Orth
British Dictionary definitions for libeling
- 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 forms of libellibeller or libelist, nounlibellous or libelous, adjective
Word Origin for libel
Cultural definitions for libeling
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).