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English definition of “libel”


noun [C or U]     /ˈlaɪ.bəl/
a piece of writing that contains bad and false things about a person: She threatened to sue the magazine for libel. → Compare slander nounDamaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing libel     verb [T] (plural -ll- or US usually -l-) libellous (US usually libelous)     /-əs/ adjective libellous accusationsDamaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
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