libel definition

  • noun:
    • A false publication, like in writing, print, indications, or photos, that harms someone's reputation.
    • The work of showing such material on public.
    • The written statements presented by a plaintiff in an action at admiralty legislation or to an ecclesiastical judge.
    • A written (notably as handbill) or pictorial statement which unjustly seeks to damage a person's reputation.
    • The act or crime of displaying these types of a statement publicly.
    • a short writing of any sort, esp. a declaration, costs, certificate, request, supplication, etc.
    • Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.
    • A malicious publication expressed in a choice of print or in writing, or by images, effigies, or other signs, tending to expose another to general public hatred, contempt, or ridicule. Such publication is indictable at common law.
    • The criminal activity of issuing a malicious defamatory publication.
    • A written declaration or declaration because of the plaintiff of his reason behind action, and of the relief he seeks.
    • A writing of any kind; a written statement or certification.
    • In admiralty law, Scots law, and English ecclesiastical law, a writing or document instituting a suit and containing the plaintiff's allegations.
    • A lampoon.
    • A defamatory writing made public; a malicious and damaging book, expressed in printing or writing, or by indications or photographs, tending often to injure the memory of 1 lifeless or even the trustworthiness of one live, and to reveal him to general public hatred, contempt, or ridicule.
    • The crime of publishing a libel: as, he was accountable of libel.
    • In general, defamation; a defamatory remark or act; malicious misrepresentation in conversation or perhaps; something intended or which will bring a person or thing into disrepute.
    • Synonyms See asperse and lampoon.
    • in-law, a petition for a decree in separation and divorce.
    • the written declaration of a plaintiff explaining the reason for activity (the defamation) and any relief he seeks
    • a false and malicious book printed for the purpose of defaming a full time income individual
  • verb-transitive:
    • to write a libel about (one). See Synonyms at malign.
    • To defame, or reveal to community hatred, contempt, or ridicule, by a writing, image, indication, etc.; to lampoon.
    • To continue against by processing a libel, specifically against a ship or items.
  • verb:
    • To defame someone, especially in a way that fits the legal concept of libel.
    • print slanderous statements against
  • verb-intransitive:
    • To spread defamation, written or printed; -- with against.
  • others:
    • In admiralty law, Scots law, and English ecclesiastical law, to offer a libel upon; institute fit against; provide an official charge against for trial, as against a clergyman for conduct unbecoming his workplace, or against a ship or products for a violation associated with legislation of trade or revenue. See libel, n., 2.
    • To defame or expose to community hatred or contempt by a malicious and injurious publication, as a writing, image, and/or want; lampoon.
    • Synonyms Defame, Calumniate, etc. See asperse.
    • To spread defamation, written or printed: with against.

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