libel

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
libel

Plural
libels

  1. (countable) Libel is a false statement that damages a person's reputation in a major way.
    Did she commit libel when she called President Bush a homosexual on her website?

Verb[change]

Plain form
libel

Third-person singular
libels

Past tense
libeled

Past participle
libeled

Present participle
libeling

  1. (transitive) If someone makes false statements about another person, then he libels them.
    He libeled her when he published that.