libel

Part of speech: verb

To defame; bring suit against ( a ship or cargo).

Part of speech: noun

Anything tending to defame character or reputation; slander.

Part of speech: noun

A plaintiff's written statement, as in a court of admiralty.

Part of speech: adjective

Libelous, libellous.

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Usage examples "libel":

  1. So radiant an apparition was she, so dazzling at the first minute of surprise, that even her enemies could not libel her beauty. - "Superwomen", Albert Payson Terhune.
  2. No man but a fool would take a libel action against us with any hope of getting damages. - "Hyacinth 1906", George A. Birmingham.
  3. Which statement, by the way, was all the more of a libel because it was true. - "The Brightener", C. N. Williamson A. M. Williamson.