• Libel Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) A written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks.
  2. (n.) Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.
  3. (n.) A brief writing of any kind, esp. a declaration, bill, certificate, request, supplication, etc.
  4. (v. t.) To defame, or expose to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule, by a writing, picture, sign, etc.; to lampoon.
  5. (v. i.) To spread defamation, written or printed; -- with against.
  6. (n.) The crime of issuing a malicious defamatory publication.
  7. (n.) 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.
  8. (v. t.) To proceed against by filing a libel, particularly against a ship or goods.

• Libellee Definition & Synonyms

  1. (n.) The defendant in an action of libel.
  2. (n.) The party against whom a libel has been filed; -- corresponding to defendant in a common law action.

• Libelled Definition & Synonyms

  1. () of Libel