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libel

noun [C/U]    /ˈlɑɪ·bəl/
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    /ˈlɑɪ·bəl/ verb [T] The general contends the network libeled him in a television broadcast. libelous    /ˈlɑɪ·bə·ləs/ adjective libelous articles
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