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libel

li·bel

libel

 
 
pronunciation:
laI bl
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: in law, written or printed matter that is false, damages a person's reputation or material well-being, and arises from malice or extreme negligence. (See slander.)
The governor claimed that the statement made about him in the newspaper was libel.
synonyms:
calumny, defamation, denigration
similar words:
malediction, slander, smear, yellow journalism
definition 2: in law, the crime of publishing such matter.
synonyms:
calumny, defamation
definition 3: any material that maliciously or falsely defames a person.
synonyms:
calumny
similar words:
aspersion, invective, lie, scandal, slander, smear, untruth
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: libeled, libeling, libels
definition 1: in law, to make or publish libelous material about (someone).
synonyms:
calumniate, defame, malign, smear
similar words:
slander, traduce
definition 2: to defame maliciously or harmfully.
synonyms:
badmouth, defame, denigrate, malign, slander, traduce
similar words:
asperse, besmirch, bespatter, blacken, defile, misrepresent, smear, smirch, sully, vilify
Word Parts
The word libel contains the following part:
libr Latin root that means book
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