• WordNet 3.6
    • adj libellous (used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n libellous See libelous, libelously.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Libellous containing a libel: defamatory
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  • James Thurber
    “The only rules comedy can tolerate are those of taste, and the only limitations those of libel.”
  • Lord Ellenborough
    Lord Ellenborough
    “The greater the truth the greater the libel.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. libellus, dim. of liber, a book.


In literature:

There's a libel action in every sentence.
"Mike" by P. G. Wodehouse
I trust this is a libel, but, for the sake of the argument, suppose they do.
"Quotes and Images From The Works of Charles Dudley Warner" by Charles Dudley Warner Edited and Arranged by David Widger
It closes every chink a defendant in libel can creep out by.
"A Terrible Temptation" by Charles Reade
I put up with the libel though.
"The Possessed" by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Their witnesses are merely the repeaters of the falsehoods of James Cheetham, the convicted libeler.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
Dubourg had been arrested for his libellous writings concerning the king and many important persons in the French court.
"Normandy, Complete" by Gordon Home
I am happy to believe that this is a libel.
"By Sheer Pluck" by G. A. Henty
Dubourg had been arrested for his libellous writings concerning the king and many important persons in the French court.
"Normandy, Part 3" by Gordon Home
You know, we women are libellously said to dress for each other.
"Jennie Baxter, Journalist" by Robert Barr
In the Court of Common Pleas, February 16, 1816, the libel action of 'Webster v. Baldwin' was heard.
"The Works of Lord Byron: Letters and Journals, Volume 2." by Lord Byron

In poetry:

Both libel and slander are common,
---- and daggered rhyme
Tho’ beauty has magical power,
E’en beauty is conquered by time.
"The Misanthrope's Reverie" by Joseph Warren Watson
But sadder to see, and sadder to hear,
A mother—that name should be sacred and dear—
A drunkard, a libel on true womankind;
How chuckles the demon such votaries to find!
"The Demon Drink!" by Janet Hamilton
Yet heaven and earth were stirred, regions beneath
Were moved t' avert the proven murderer's doom;
Sensation journals, libellous in their wrath
'Gainst law and justice, foam, and rave, and fume.
"Dirge For Jessie Macpherson" by Janet Hamilton
Too womanly sweet, too womanly frail,
Alone in thy faith and thy need;
In the homeless home, in the poisonous air
Of spite and libel and greed;
Mid perfidy's net thy pathway is set,
And thy feet in the pitfalls bleed.
"Crossing Solway" by Francis Turner Palgrave

In news:

Rolls-Royce Club Member Cleared Of Libel Claim.
Politics Idaho GOP Leader Sues Blog Commenter For Libel.
Rediscovered audiotape throws a ' curveball ' into Ford libel trial.
3 Things Judge Richard Goldstone Needs to Do Right Now to Right the Wrongs of the Libelous Goldstone Report.
Goldstone Needed Telepathy to Know his Report Was a Blood Libel.
In other words, Hellman 's libel suit against McCarthy came freighted with world-historical issues.
The article you are about to read could be considered libelous in several states.
One "Night Beat" interview resulted in a libel suit, filed by a police official angry over remarks about him by mobster Mickey Cohen.
Ottawa restaurant owner sentenced to 90 days in jail for libelous smear campaign.
THE student press here was set back earlier this month when an out-of-court settlement ended a libel suit being heard by a jury and Superior Court Judge Marianne Spinosa Murphy in Morristown.
The BBC will pay British politician Lord Alistair McAlpine £185,000, or about $293,480, to settle his libel claim arising from a news program about child abuse allegations at children's homes, the BBC said Thursday.
Tucson News NowBBC settles libel suit from wronged politician.
BBC settles politician's libel claim in child abuse story for $293,000.
The BBC will pay British politician Lord Alistair McAlpine £185,000, to settle his libel claim.
Attorney Peter Meloy says statements in those ads don't rise to the level of libel , as Greg Gianforte alleges.