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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

I've made a lot of enemies in all the right places, and there aren't enough hours in the day to respond to either the well-financed corporate hacks or the lowly stalkers who seek to libel me or make a buck off the fact that I'm a well-known person.
Michael Moore

I mean, in some cases with libel laws, you know, they can write things about people who have no course of action, because they can't afford to take legal action against them.
Elton John
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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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