- containing, constituting, or involving a libel; maliciously defamatory.
Also especially British, li·bel·lous.
Origin of libelous
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Related Wordsbackbiting, defamatory, disparaging, injurious, invidious, malevolent, malicious, opprobrious, pejorative, sarcastic, scurrilous, untrue, calumnious, contumelious, vituperative, false, aspersive, calumniatory
Examples from the Web for libelous
Would the editors of the Commune do anything about the base, libelous article?Molly Brown's Senior Days
No, indeed, slander and libelous talk are not necessary ingredients of gossip.Conversation
Mary Greer Conklin
Bathori's reign was not, however, free from libelous attacks on the Jews.History of the Jews, Vol. IV (of VI)
Again the country newspapers were filled with libelous paragraphs.James Fenimore Cooper
Thomas R. Lounsbury
Before you started that song, you dreamed things about the Martian Development Corporation that were libelous!Star Performer
Robert J. Shea
Word Origin and History for libelous
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