1. A brief writing of any kind, esp. a declaration, bill, certificate, request, supplication, etc. [Obs.]
A libel of forsaking [divorcement]. --Wyclif (Matt. v. 31).
2. Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.
3. Law A malicious publication expressed either in print or in writing, or by pictures, effigies, or other signs, tending to expose another to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule. Such publication is indictable at common law.
Note: ☞ The term, in a more extended sense, includes the publication of such writings, pictures, and the like, as are of a blasphemous, treasonable, seditious, or obscene character. These also are indictable at common law.
4. Law The crime of issuing a malicious defamatory publication.
5. Civil Law & Courts of Admiralty A written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks.
Li·bel, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Libeled or Libelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Libeling or Libelling.]
1. To defame, or expose to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule, by a writing, picture, sign, etc.; to lampoon.
Some wicked wits have libeled all the fair. --Pope.
2. Law To proceed against by filing a libel, particularly against a ship or goods.
Li·bel v. i. To spread defamation, written or printed; -- with against. [Obs.]
What's this but libeling against the senate? --Shak.
[He] libels now 'gainst each great man. --Donne.
n 1: a tort consisting of false and malicious publication printed
for the purpose of defaming a living person
2: the written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of
action (the defammation) and any relief he seeks
v : print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was
accused of libeling him"
[also: libelling, libelled]