• WordNet 3.6
    • adj libelous (used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Libelous lī"bĕl*ŭs Containing or involving a libel; defamatory; containing that which exposes some person to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule; as, a libelous pamphlet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • libelous Containing a libel; of the nature of a libel; defamatory; containing that which exposes to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule: as, a libelous picture.
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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.”


In literature:

Dicky challenged him to prove his libels by probing the business to the bottom, like a true scientist.
"Donovan Pasha And Some People Of Egypt, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
Poseurs have said that nature is garish or exaggerated more often than not; but it is a libel.
"You Never Know Your Luck, Complete Being The Story Of A Matrimonial Deserter" by Gilbert Parker
Scandalous libels, published to defame persons of rank, of either sex, he suppressed, and inflicted upon their authors a mark of infamy.
"The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete To Which Are Added, His Lives Of The Grammarians, Rhetoricians, And Poets" by C. Suetonius Tranquillus
To write that, unless it were true, was to write an atrocious libel.
"December Love" by Robert Hichens
But I am not bound to respect a libellous bust of him.
"The Mill on the Floss" by George Eliot
Within six months, if you're not sandbagged or jailed on fake libel suits, you'll have a unique bibliography of swindles.
"Average Jones" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
After the Spanish custom, his seconds immediately called upon the author of the libel.
"Lineage, Life and Labors of Jose Rizal: Philippine Patriot" by Austin Craig
You have simply libelled yourself.
"On the Eve" by Ivan Turgenev
Wherefore, says he, the libel maun be redargued by the panel proving her defences.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Vol. 1., Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott
Wherefore, says he, the libel maun be redargued by the panel proving her defences.
"The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete, Illustrated" by Sir Walter Scott

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:

Ford 's defence is you can't libel a company.
Free speech reigns supreme on the Internet – so much so that anything goes: libel, defamation, revenge, meanness.
ROME (AP) — Italy's Senate has killed a proposed law that was hotly contested for maintaining a jail penalty against journalists convicted of libel , while imposing only fines for their editors.
Philippines Court Hears 'Facebook Libel ' Case.
Libel Case That Snared BBC Widens to Twitter.
Texas Supreme Court overturns Brownsville libel lawsuit.
LONDON — A former British politician wrongly named on Twitter as a pedophile after a false report by the British Broadcasting Corp. May expand the reach of libel law with his threat to sue.
Olam has launched a libel suit against Muddy Waters and its founder, Carson Block.
Network ITV Faces Libel Suit for up to $795,000 (Report).
Ex-Politician Reaches Settlement With BBC Over Libel Claim.
BBC Settles Libel Case Over Mistaken Report That Forced Out Top Executive.
BBC settles libel claim in child abuse story.
London's Sunday Times is considering suing Lance Armstrong over a libel case he brought against the newspaper over doping allegations which resulted in a costly payout.
Brunner says she will sue opponent in city attorney's race for libel over last-minute mailer .
'2016: Obama's America' Filmmaker Claims 'Libel' Over Accusations of Marital Infidelity.