What does libel mean?

Definitions for libel
ˈlaɪ bəlli·bel

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word libel.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. libelnoun

    a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person

  2. libelverb

    the written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action (the defamation) and any relief he seeks

  3. libelverb

    print slanderous statements against

    "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"

Wiktionary

  1. libelnoun

    A written (notably as handbill) or pictorial statement which unjustly seeks to damage someone's reputation.

  2. libelnoun

    The act or crime of displaying such a statement publicly.

  3. libelverb

    To defame someone, especially in a manner that meets the legal definition of libel.

    He libelled her when he published that.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Libelnoun

    a brief writing of any kind, esp. a declaration, bill, certificate, request, supplication, etc

    Etymology: [L. libellus a little book, pamphlet, libel, lampoon, dim. of liber the liber or inner bark of a tree; also (because the ancients wrote on this bark), paper, parchment, or a roll of any material used to write upon, and hence, a book or treatise: cf. F. libelle.]

  2. Libelnoun

    any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire

    Etymology: [L. libellus a little book, pamphlet, libel, lampoon, dim. of liber the liber or inner bark of a tree; also (because the ancients wrote on this bark), paper, parchment, or a roll of any material used to write upon, and hence, a book or treatise: cf. F. libelle.]

  3. Libelnoun

    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

    Etymology: [L. libellus a little book, pamphlet, libel, lampoon, dim. of liber the liber or inner bark of a tree; also (because the ancients wrote on this bark), paper, parchment, or a roll of any material used to write upon, and hence, a book or treatise: cf. F. libelle.]

  4. Libelnoun

    the crime of issuing a malicious defamatory publication

    Etymology: [L. libellus a little book, pamphlet, libel, lampoon, dim. of liber the liber or inner bark of a tree; also (because the ancients wrote on this bark), paper, parchment, or a roll of any material used to write upon, and hence, a book or treatise: cf. F. libelle.]

  5. Libelnoun

    a written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks

    Etymology: [L. libellus a little book, pamphlet, libel, lampoon, dim. of liber the liber or inner bark of a tree; also (because the ancients wrote on this bark), paper, parchment, or a roll of any material used to write upon, and hence, a book or treatise: cf. F. libelle.]

  6. Libelverb

    to defame, or expose to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule, by a writing, picture, sign, etc.; to lampoon

    Etymology: [L. libellus a little book, pamphlet, libel, lampoon, dim. of liber the liber or inner bark of a tree; also (because the ancients wrote on this bark), paper, parchment, or a roll of any material used to write upon, and hence, a book or treatise: cf. F. libelle.]

  7. Libelverb

    to proceed against by filing a libel, particularly against a ship or goods

    Etymology: [L. libellus a little book, pamphlet, libel, lampoon, dim. of liber the liber or inner bark of a tree; also (because the ancients wrote on this bark), paper, parchment, or a roll of any material used to write upon, and hence, a book or treatise: cf. F. libelle.]

  8. Libelverb

    to spread defamation, written or printed; -- with against

    Etymology: [L. libellus a little book, pamphlet, libel, lampoon, dim. of liber the liber or inner bark of a tree; also (because the ancients wrote on this bark), paper, parchment, or a roll of any material used to write upon, and hence, a book or treatise: cf. F. libelle.]

Freebase

  1. Libel

    Libel is a 1959 British drama film. It stars Olivia de Havilland, Dirk Bogarde, Paul Massie, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Robert Morley. The film's screenplay was written by Anatole de Grunwald and Karl Tunberg from a 1935 play of the same name by Edward Wooll, and it was directed by Anthony Asquith. The Broadway play, which had starred Colin Clive, was adapted for radio in 1941 using the original references to World War I. Ronald Colman played the leading role in the Jan. 13, 1941, CBS network Lux Radio Theater broadcast, with Otto Kruger and Frances Robinson. The role of an amnesiac World War I veteran had similarities to Colman's 1942 hit Random Harvest. A 1938 BBC television production, featured actor Wyndham Goldie, husband of eventual BBC television producer Grace Wyndham Goldie.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Libel

    lī′bel, n. a written accusation: any malicious defamatory publication or statement: (law) the statement of a plaintiff's grounds of complaint against a defendant.—v.t. to defame by a libel: to satirise unfairly: (law) to proceed against by producing a written complaint:—pr.p. lī′belling; pa.t. and pa.p. lī′belled.ns. Lī′bellant, one who brings a libel; Lī′beller; Lī′belling, defaming.—adj. Lī′bellous, containing a libel: defamatory.—adv. Lī′bellously. [L. libellus, dim. of liber, a book.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of libel in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of libel in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of libel in a Sentence

  1. Gustave Flaubert:

    Our ignorance of history makes us libel to our own times. People have always been like this.

  2. Donica Thomas Varner:

    RACIAL DISPUTE AT BELOVED BAKERY ROILS LIBERAL COLLEGE TOWN The jury also found that the college( not Meredith Raimondo) was guilty of intentional infliction of emotional distress for David Gibson, David Gibson, as well as libel and intentional infliction of emotional distress onhis son. Donica Thomas Varner, the colleges general counsel, said Donica Thomas Varner was disappointed with the verdict and denied the college had defamedthe bakery or its owners. Neither Oberlin College nor Dean Meredith Raimondo defamed a local business or Oberlin College owners, and they never endorsed statements made by others, rather, the college and Dr. Raimondo worked to ensure that students freedom of speech was protected and that the student demonstrations were safe and lawful, and they attempted to help the plaintiffs repair any harm caused by the student protests. AS OBERLIN ACTIVISM FLARED, STUDENTS PUSHED TO BANISH GRADES BELOW C According to one ofthe bakerys attorneys, the verdict sendsa clear message to other educational institutions. I think part of what we did here today is answer the question as to, What are we going to tolerate in our society ?

  3. Gustave Flaubert:

    Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.

  4. Albert Einstein:

    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.

  5. J. William Fulbright:

    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. It has no apparatus to deal with the boor, the liar, the lout, and the antidemocrat in general.

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  • pomluvit, hanopis, pomluvaCzech
  • bagtale, bagvaskeDanish
  • verleumden, VerleumdungGerman
  • difamaciónSpanish
  • häväistyskirjoitus, kunnianloukkaus, kunnia, loukataFinnish
  • libelleFrench
  • परिवादHindi
  • rágalmazHungarian
  • клевети, наклеветиMacedonian
  • defăimaRomanian
  • диффамация, жалоба, клевета́ть, клеветать, пасквиль, позорить, клевета́, исковое заявление, оклеветать, дискредитировать, опозорить, диффама́цияRussian
  • ärekränkning, smädeskrift, smutskasta, förtala, förtal, ärekränkaSwedish
  • iftira etmek, karalamak, hakaret etmekTurkish

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