V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) 1. a legal term for published material that is false and defamatory; 2. an attack on somebody's reputation; 3. in law, a written statement from a plaintiff; (v.) 1. to damage somebody's reputation by publishing false and malicious statements; 2. to attack somebody with the intent of damaging their reputation

Synonyms: (n.) lie, defamation, slander, smear, slur, (v.) vilify, defame, malign

Antonyms: (n.) praise, truth, flattery

Tips: The original meaning for libel was “written declaration,” and it later came to mean, “something setting out the grounds for a lawsuit.” It used to be that libel only applied to written works (like books), and the lesser charge of slander was the legal term for false and defamatory speech. With the popularity of television and radio, libel has been expanded to include any publicized work. Something described as libelous is defamatory or meant to damage a person's reputation. To be accurate, use libel to describe written defamation and slander to describe oral, verbal, spoken defamation.

Usage Examples:

After posting a nasty, online message about his employer, the man was surprised when he was sued for libel. (defamation) noun

His libelous article cost the man his job and the newspaper, millions. (defamatory, vilifying) adjective

The journalist's shoddy investigative skills lead the news station to be sued for libel when certain documents referred to in the story turned out to be forged. (defamation) noun

Celebrities often sue tabloid publications for libel when lies are printed about them. (slander, defamation) noun

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