libel

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From Old French libelle, from Latin libellus (petition).

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libel (plural libels)

  1. A written or pictorial statement which unjustly seeks to damage someone's reputation.
  2. (uncountable) The act or crime of displaying such a statement publicly.
  3. Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.
  4. (law) A written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks.
  5. 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]

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libel (third-person singular simple present libels, present participle (UK) libelling or (US) libeling, simple past and past participle (UK) libelled or (US) libeled)

  1. (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.
  2. (law) To proceed against (a ship, goods, etc.) by filing a libel.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin libellus, diminutive of liber (book).

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  • Hyphenation: li‧bel

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libel n (plural libellen, diminutive libelletje n)

  1. booklet, notably as libel
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libel f (plural libellen, diminutive libelletje n)

  1. dragonfly

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  • M. J. Koenen & J. Endepols, Verklarend Handwoordenboek der Nederlandse Taal (tevens Vreemde-woordentolk), Groningen, Wolters-Noordhoff, 1969 (26th edition) [Dutch dictionary in Dutch]