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li·bel  audio  (lbl) KEY 

NOUN:
    1. A false publication, as in writing, print, signs, or pictures, that damages a person's reputation.
    2. The act of presenting such material to the public.
  1. The written claims presented by a plaintiff in an action at admiralty law or to an ecclesiastical court.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
li·beled or li·belled, li·bel·ing or li·bel·ling, li·bels
To publish a libel about (a person). See Synonyms at malign.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, litigant's written complaint, from Old French, from Latin libellus, diminutive of liber, book

OTHER FORMS:
libel·er or libel·ist(Noun)


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