Learn how to say Libels correctly in English with this tutorial pronunciation video.
Oxford dictionary definition of the word libel:
1 Law a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation:
he was found guilty of a libel on a Liverpool inspector of taxes
Compare with slander.
[mass noun] the action or crime of publishing a libel:
she sued two newspapers for libel
a libel action
a false and typically malicious statement about a person.
a thing that brings undeserved discredit on a person by misrepresentation.
2(in admiralty and ecclesiastical law) a plaintiff’s written declaration.
verb (libels, libelling, libelled; US libels, libeling, libeled)
1 Law defame (someone) by publishing a libel:
the jury found that he was libelled by a newspaper
make a false and typically malicious statement about.
2(in admiralty and ecclesiastical law) bring a suit against:
if a ship does you any injury you libel the ship
Middle English (in the general sense ‘a document, a written statement’): via Old French from Latin libellus, diminutive of liber ‘book’
Double the l when adding endings which begin with a vowel to words which end in a vowel plus l (as in travel): (libels, libelling, libelled).