The definition of libel is a written and published false statement about someone that damages their reputation.(noun)
An example of libel is when someone publishes in the newspaper that you are a thief, even though this is false.
To libel is defined as to make and publish a false and malicious statement about someone in writing that damages the person's reputation.(verb)
When you write an article in the newspaper about someone being a thief, even though it is not true, this is an example of libel.
See libel in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME, little book < OFr < L libellus, little book, writing, lampoon, dim. of liber, a book: see library
See libel in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English, litigant's written complaint
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Latin libellus
Origin: , diminutive of liber, book.
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