Definition of Libel:

  1. Negligent or intentional publication or broadcast of a defamatory statement that exposes a person to contempt, disrespect, hatred, or ridicule. The defamation, whether expressed in print, writing, pictures, gestures, or signs via newspapers, radio, television, movies, or plays, is either a civil wrong or (if it tends to provoke a breach of peace) a criminal wrong. A libel is actionable per se, without proof of financial loss or special damages. However, if a defamatory statement is true and the libeled person is a public figure or celebrity then its publication or broadcast may not constitute a libel if it can be shown that the statement was published for public benefit because of its newsworthiness.

  2. (in admiralty and ecclesiastical law) bring a suit against.

  3. Libel involves the act of publishing a statement about an individual, either in written form or broadcast over media platforms such as radio, television, or the Internet, that is untrue and threatens to harm the reputation and/or livelihood of the targeted person. Libel is considered a civil wrong (tort) and can, therefore, be the basis of a lawsuit.

  4. (in admiralty and ecclesiastical law) a plaintiffs written declaration.

  5. Libel represents the published or broadcasted version of defamation. Defamation occurs when an individual's words damage another person’s reputation or tarnish his or her ability to earn a living.

  6. A published false statement that is damaging to a persons reputation; a written defamation.

  7. Defame (someone) by publishing a libel.

Synonyms of Libel

Affidavit, Allegation, Asperse, Aspersion, Backbite, Backbiting, Bad-mouth, Barefaced lie, Belittle, Belittlement, Besmirch, Bill, Bill of complaint, Bitchiness, Blacken, Blot, Burlesque, Calumniate, Calumniation, Calumny, Caricature, Cattiness, Claim, Complaint, Consummate lie, Declaration, Defamation, Defame, Denigrate, Denigration, Denounce, Denunciation, Deposition, Deprecate, Deprecation, Depreciate, Depreciation, Derogate, Derogation, Discredit, Disgrace, Dishonor, Disparage, Disparagement, Falsehood, Humiliate, Humiliation, Ill repute, Innuendo, Insinuate, Insinuation, Lie, Malign, Misrepresent, Misrepresentation, Monstrous lie, Mortification, Mortify, Narratio, Nolle prosequi, Nonsuit, Obloquy, Out-and-out lie, Prevarication, Scandal, Scandalize, Shame, Slander, Slur, Smear, Smirch, Stain, Statement, Statement of facts, Stigma, Stigmatize, Tear down, The big lie, Traduce, Traducement, Travesty, Untruth, Vilification, Vilify, Whopper, Defame, Malign, Slander, Give someone a bad name, Blacken someones name, Sully someones reputation, Speak evil of, Speak ill of, Write false reports about, Traduce, Smear, Cast aspersions on, Fling mud at, Drag someones name through the mire, Drag someones name through the mud, Besmirch, Tarnish, Taint, Do a hatchet job on, Tell lies about, Spread tales about, Spread scandal about, Stain, Vilify, Calumniate, Denigrate, Disparage, Run down, Derogate, Stigmatize, Discredit, Slight, Defamation, Defamation of character, Character assassination, Calumny, Misrepresentation, Scandalmongering

How to use Libel in a sentence?

  1. The extent of publication is also very relevant: a libel published to millions has a greater potential to cause damage than a libel published to a handful of people.
  2. She alleged the magazine had libeled her.

Meaning of Libel & Libel Definition