blood libelblood libel
any of various false stories, accusations, etc. that claim Jews engage in ritual murder, esp. the killing of gentile children for their blood: term used in reference to a long-standing tradition of such stories in the history of anti-Semitism
(plural blood libels)
- The false accusation that Jews murder non-Jewish children to use their blood for their religious rituals and holidays.
- (by extension) Any false or purportedly false accusation of murder of a non-Jew by a Jewish person or organization.
- (by extension) Any false or purportedly false accusation of guilt, especially of guilt in mass murder or homicide.
- More generally, any canard or virulent lie about someone.