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English[]

Etymology[]

From Old French libelle, from Latin libellus ("petition").

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Pronunciation[]

  • enPR: līʹbəl, IPA: /ˈlaɪbəl/
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    (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪbəl

Noun[]

Singular
Libel

Plural
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Libel ({{{1}}})

  1. A written (notably as handbill) or pictorial statement which unjustly seeks to damage someone's reputation.
  2. (uncountable) The act or crime of displaying such a statement publicly.
    Did Betty Bowers commit libel when she called President Bush a flaming homosexual on her website? [1]

Synonyms[]

  • See also Wikisaurus:slander

Translations[]

Verb[]

Infinitive
to Libel

Third person singular
libels

Simple past
British English libelled or American English libeled

Past participle
-

Present participle
British English libelling or American English libeling

to Libel (third-person singular simple present libels, present participle British English libelling or American English libeling, simple past and past participle British English libelled or American English libeled)

  1. (transitive) To defame someone, especially in a manner that meets the legal definition of libel.
    He libelled her when he published that.

Synonyms[]

  • See also Wikisaurus:defame

Translations[]

Derived terms[]

See also[]

Anagrams[]

  • beill,
  • I'll be

Dutch[]

Etymology 1[]

From Latin libellus, diminutive of liber 'book'

Noun[]

Libel (plural libellen, diminutive libelletje, diminutive plural libelletjes) f.

  1. booklet, notably as libel
Synonyms[]
  • schotschrift
  • smaadschrift

Etymology 2[]

Noun[]

Libel (plural libellen, diminutive libelletje, diminutive plural libelletjes) f.

  1. dragonfly

Alternative forms[]

  • libelle

Synonyms[]

  • waterjuffer

References[]

  • Template:R:Koenen

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