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- 2 Dutch
libel (plural libels)
- A written or pictorial statement which unjustly seeks to damage someone's reputation.
- (uncountable) The act or crime of displaying such a statement publicly.
- Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.
- (law) A written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks.
- A brief writing of any kind, especially a declaration, bill, certificate, request, supplication, etc.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Chaucer to this entry?)
- Wyclif Bible (Matthew v. 31)
- a libel of forsaking [divorcement]
- See also Wikisaurus:slander
act or crime
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libel (third-person singular simple present libels, present participle British English libelling or American English libeling, simple past and past participle British English libelled or American English libeled)
- (transitive) To defame someone, especially in a manner that meets the legal definition of libel.
- He libelled her when he published that.
- Alexander Pope
- Some wicked wits have libelled all the fair.
- (law) To proceed against (a ship, goods, etc.) by filing a libel.
- See also Wikisaurus:defame
to defame someone
Terms derived from the noun or verb libel
- Hyphenation: li‧bel
- booklet, notably as libel
- M. J. Koenen & J. Endepols, Verklarend Handwoordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (tevens Vreemde-woordentolk), Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1969 (26th edition) [Dutch dictionary in Dutch]