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.
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    • Wyclif Bible (Matthew v. 31)
      a libel of forsaking [divorcement]

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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)

  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]