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English definition of “libel”

libel

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