Libeling



[lahy-buh l] /ˈlaɪ bəl/

noun
1.
Law.

2.
anything that is defamatory or that maliciously or damagingly misrepresents.
verb (used with object), libeled, libeling or (especially British) libelled, libelling.
3.
to publish a libel against.
4.
to misrepresent damagingly.
5.
to institute suit against by a libel, as in an admiralty court.
/ˈlaɪbəl/
noun
1.
(law)

2.
any defamatory or unflattering representation or statement
3.
(ecclesiastical law) a claimant’s written statement of claim
4.
(Scots law) the formal statement of a charge
verb (transitive) -bels, -belling, -belled (US) -bels, -beling, -beled
5.
(law) to make or publish a defamatory statement or representation about (a person)
6.
to misrepresent injuriously
7.
(ecclesiastical law) to bring an action against (a person) in the ecclesiastical courts
n.

c.1300, “formal written statement,” especially, in civil law, “plaintiff’s statement of charges” (mid-14c.); from Old French libelle (fem.) “small book; (legal) charge, claim; writ; written report” (13c.), from Latin libellus “a little book, pamphlet; petition, written accusation, complaint,” diminutive of liber “book” (see library). Broader sense of “any published or written statement likely to harm a person’s reputation” is first attested 1630s.
v.

mid-15c., “make an initial statement setting out a plaintiff’s case” (modern sense from 1560s), from libel (n.), q.v. for sense development. Related: Libeled; libelled; libeling; libelling.

A written, printed, or pictorial statement that unjustly defames someone publicly. Prosecution of libel as a punishable offense puts some measure of restriction on freedom of the press under the First Amendment.

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  • Libellant

    [lahy-buh-luh nt] /ˈlaɪ bə lənt/ noun, Law. 1. a person who , or institutes suit. /ˈlaɪbələnt/ noun 1. a party who brings an action in the ecclesiastical courts by presenting a libel 2. a person who publishes a libel

  • Libellee

    [lahy-buh-lee] /ˌlaɪ bəˈli/ noun, Law. 1. a person against whom a has been filed in a court; the respondent. /ˌlaɪbəˈliː/ noun 1. a person against whom a libel has been filed in an ecclesiastical court



  • Libellous

    [lahy-buh-luh s] /ˈlaɪ bə ləs/ adjective 1. containing, constituting, or involving a ; maliciously defamatory. adj. also libellous, 1610s, from libel (n.) + -ous. Related: Libelously; libelousness.

  • Libelous

    [lahy-buh-luh s] /ˈlaɪ bə ləs/ adjective 1. containing, constituting, or involving a ; maliciously defamatory. adj. also libellous, 1610s, from libel (n.) + -ous. Related: Libelously; libelousness.



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