Definitions of libel

  1. To defame, or expose to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule, by a writing, picture, sign, etc.; to lampoon.
  2. To proceed against by filing a libel, particularly against a ship or goods.
  3. To publish a false, injurious statement against; injure the character of.
  4. To defame by a libel: to satirize unfairly: ( law) to proceed against by producing a written complaint:- pr. p. libelling; pa. t. and pa. p. libelled.
  5. To defame by a libel; proceed against by filing a libel.
  6. To defame; bring suit against ( a ship or cargo).
  7. To spread defamation, written or printed; - with against.
  8. To defame by a libel; to lampoon; to proceed against by a written complaint.
  9. To expose to public ridicule or hatred in writing, or by a picture; to exhibit a charge against in a court of law.
  10. Libeling.
  11. the written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action ( the defammation) and any relief he seeks
  12. print slanderous statements against; " The newspaper was accused of libeling him"
  13. A malicious publication expressed either in print or in writing, or by pictures, effigies, or other signs, tending to expose another to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule. Such publication is indictable at common law.
  14. The crime of issuing a malicious defamatory publication.
  15. A written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks.
  16. A brief writing of any kind, esp. a declaration, bill, certificate, request, supplication, etc.
  17. Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.
  18. An untruthful statement about a person, published in writing or through broadcast media, that injures the person's reputation or standing in the community. Because libel is a tort ( a civil wrong), the injured person can bring a lawsuit against the person who made the false statement. Libel is a form of defamation , as is slander ( an untruthful statement that is spoken, but not published in writing or broadcast through the media).
  19. Any false or unjust writing, print, or picture calculated to injure the reputation of anyone.
  20. Libeler, libeller.
  21. A written accusation: any malicious defamatory publication: ( law) the statement of a plaintiff's grounds of complaint against a defendant.
  22. A defamatory publication, in law, statement of a plaintiff's ground of complaint.
  23. Anything tending to defame character or reputation; slander.
  24. A plaintiff's written statement, as in a court of admiralty.
  25. A defamatory writing; any book, pamphlet, writing, or picture containing representations maliciously made or published, tending to bring a person into contempt, or expose him to public hatred and derision; also an obscene, blasphemous, or seditious publication; a declaration or charge in writing, exhibited in court, for violating the laws of trade or of revenue.
  26. A malicious or defamatory writing, reflecting on the character of a person, and punishable by law; a declaration or charge in writing in an action at law.
  27. Libelous, libellous.
  28. Libeled.
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