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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

It is a lamentable observation that because of the way our laws are skewed toward the plaintiff, London has become the libel capital of the world.
Richard Dawkins

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

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

In Britain, libel damages are small and people build them into the cost of doing business. In America, libel is very rare and much harder to prove, but the damages are enormous.
Graydon Carter
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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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