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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin libellus, from liber; LIBRARY

libel

1 noun
     
li‧bel1 [uncountable and countable]
SCC when someone writes or prints untrue statements about someone so that other people could have a bad opinion of them [↪ slander]
for libel
Holt sued the newspaper for libel.
a libel action/case/trial (=a court case against someone for libel)
restrictions on press freedom, such as libel laws
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