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libel

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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libelli‧bel1 /ˈlaɪbəl/ ●○○ noun [countable, uncountable]  SCCwhen someone writes or prints untrue statements about someone so that other people could have a bad opinion of themslanderfor 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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libela libel suitHolt sued the newspaper for libel.He was vindicated when he successfully sued the tabloid that broke the story for libel.That's where the libel comes in.sued ... for libelPitka claimed that these words were false and defamatory and sued the newspaper for libel.She had sued him for libel.Moreover, none of the allegedly violent police interrogators named in both books have sued for libel.
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libellibel2 verb (libelled, libelling British English, libeled, libeling American English) [transitive]  SCCto write or print a libel against someoneslander
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libelKandell contends he was libeled by the Journal.Those who were libelled in the Fanzine may feel less aggrieved knowing it was for a good cause.He did not look like anyone she had libelled lately.It libelled the plaintiff who issued a writ against the editor.
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Verb table
libel
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theylibel
he, she, itlibels
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theylibelled (BrE)
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave libelled
he, she, ithas libelled
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad libelled
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill libel
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have libelled
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam libelling
he, she, itis libelling
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you, we, theyare libelling
Past
I, he, she, itwas libelling
you, we, theywere libelling
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been libelling
he, she, ithas been libelling
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been libelling
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be libelling
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been libelling
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