An example of libel is when someone publishes in the newspaper that you are a thief, even though this is false.
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.
He libelled her when he published that.
Origin of libel
- Middle English litigant's written complaint from Old French from Latin libellus diminutive of liber book
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French libelle, from Latin libellus (“petition").