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libel

noun [C/U]  /ˈlɑɪ·bəl/ us  
a piece of writing that says bad, false, and harmful things about a person, or the legal claim you make when you accuse someone in court of writing such things about you: [C] The whole story was a vicious libel. [U] Angry at what the newspaper had printed, she sued for libel.
libel
verb [T]  /ˈlɑɪ·bəl/ us  
The general contends the network libeled him in a television broadcast.
libelous
adjective  /ˈlɑɪ·bə·ləs/ us  
libelous articles
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