Libel

Definition of Libel

Li´bel   Pronunciation: lī´bĕl
n.1.
1.A brief writing of any kind, esp. a declaration, bill, certificate, request, supplication, etc.
A libel of forsaking [divorcement].
- Wyclif (Matt. v. 31).
2.Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.
3.(Law) 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.(Law) The crime of issuing a malicious defamatory publication.
5.(Civil Law & Courts of Admiralty) A written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks.
v. t.1.To defame, or expose to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule, by a writing, picture, sign, etc.; to lampoon.
[imp. & p. p. Libeled (-bĕld) or Libelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Libeling or Libelling.]
Some wicked wits have libeled all the fair.
- Pope.
2.(Law) To proceed against by filing a libel, particularly against a ship or goods.
v. i.1.To spread defamation, written or printed; - with against.
What's this but libeling against the senate?
- Shak.
[He] libels now 'gainst each great man.
- Donne.

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