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libel
  • noun
    A published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation; a written defamation. (he was found guilty of a libel on a Liverpool inspector of taxes)
    (in admiralty and ecclesiastical law) a plaintiff's written declaration. (The libel laws as they stand militate against doing this, because once a libel writ is issued by a complainant any apology is an admission of liability.)
    verb
    Defame (someone) by publishing a libel. (the jury found that he was libelled by a newspaper)
    (in admiralty and ecclesiastical law) bring a suit against. (if a ship does you any injury you libel the ship)

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