Associations to the word «Libel»


LIBEL, noun. A written or pictorial statement which unjustly seeks to damage someone's reputation.
LIBEL, noun. (uncountable) The act or crime of displaying such a statement publicly.
LIBEL, noun. Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.
LIBEL, noun. (law) A written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks.
LIBEL, noun. A brief writing of any kind, especially a declaration, bill, certificate, request, supplication, etc.
LIBEL, verb. (transitive) To defame someone, especially in a manner that meets the legal definition of libel.
LIBEL, verb. (legal) To proceed against (a ship, goods, etc.) by filing a libel.
LIBEL CHILL, noun. (legal) (idiomatic) Uneasiness or unwillingness to speak publicly or to write about a matter, as a result of the threat or suggestion of legal action should one do so.
LIBEL TOURISM, noun. (legal) (derogatory) A form of forum shopping in which plaintiffs choose to file libel suits in jurisdictions thought more likely to give a favourable result.

Dictionary definition

LIBEL, noun. A false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person.
LIBEL, noun. The written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action (the defamation) and any relief he seeks.
LIBEL, verb. Print slanderous statements against; "The newspaper was accused of libeling him".

Wise words

The most important things are the hardest things to say. They are the things you get ashamed of because words diminish your feelings - words shrink things that seem timeless when they are in your head to no more than living size when they are brought out.
Stephen King