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Definition of Libel

Libel

  1. A brief writing of any kind, esp. a declaration, bill, certificate, request, supplication, etc.
  2. Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.
  3. 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.
  4. The crime of issuing a malicious defamatory publication.
  5. A written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks.
  6. To defame, or expose to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule, by a writing, picture, sign, etc.; to lampoon.
  7. To proceed against by filing a libel, particularly against a ship or goods.
  8. To spread defamation, written or printed; -- with against.

Libel Quotations

Too many of us look upon Americans as dollar chasers. This is a cruel libel, even if it is reiterated thoughtlessly by the Americans themselves.
Albert Einstein

The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.
James Thurber

Since neither black animosity nor the Left's falsehood of 'racial tensions' is based on the actual behavior of the vast majority of white Americans, nothing white America could do will affect either many blacks' perceptions or the leftist libel.
Dennis Prager

When public men indulge themselves in abuse, when they deny others a fair trial, when they resort to innuendo and insinuation, to libel, scandal, and suspicion, then our democratic society is outraged, and democracy is baffled.
J. William Fulbright

Wart hogs should sue for libel. It is a terrible name and they are fine fellows and devoted family men and it is rare to see one by himself; the little woman and the kiddies are usually close at hand.
Ilka Chase
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Libel Translations

libel in French is libelle
libel in German is Beleidigung, verunglimpfen
libel in Norwegian is injurie, injuriere
libel in Spanish is libelo
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