What does libel mean?

Definitions for libelˈlaɪ bəl

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. libel(noun)

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

  2. libel(verb)

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

  3. libel(verb)

    print slanderous statements against

    "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"


  1. libel(Noun)

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

  2. libel(Noun)

    The act or crime of displaying such a statement publicly.

  3. libel(Verb)

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

    He libelled her when he published that.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Libel(noun)

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

  2. Libel(noun)

    any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire

  3. Libel(noun)

    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. Libel(noun)

    the crime of issuing a malicious defamatory publication

  5. Libel(noun)

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

  6. Libel(verb)

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

  7. Libel(verb)

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

  8. Libel(verb)

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

  9. Origin: [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.]


  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.]

Anagrams for libel »

  1. I'll be

  2. Ill be


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Gustave Flaubert:

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

  2. Gustave Flaubert:

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

  3. James Thurber:

    The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.

  4. Stephen Leacock:

    Newspapermen learn to call a murderer 'an alleged murderer' and the King of England 'the alleged King of England' to avoid libel suits.

  5. 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.

Images & Illustrations of libel

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Translations for libel

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • pomluvit, hanopis, pomluvaCzech
  • bagtale, bagvaskeDanish
  • verleumden, VerleumdungGerman
  • difamaciónSpanish
  • häväistyskirjoitus, kunnianloukkaus, kunnia, loukataFinnish
  • libelleFrench
  • 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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