l) KEY NOUN:
TRANSITIVE VERB: li·beled
- A false publication, as in writing, print, signs, or pictures, that damages a person's reputation.
- The act of presenting such material to the public.
- The written claims presented by a plaintiff in an action at admiralty law or to an ecclesiastical court.
- To publish a libel about (a person). See Synonyms at malign.
Middle English, litigant's written complaint
, from Old French, from Latin libellus
, diminutive of liber
, bookOTHER FORMS:libel·er