libel >noun 1 Law the publication of a false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation. Compare with slander. 2 a written defamation. >verb (libeled, libeling; Brit. libelled, libelling) Law defame by publishing a libel.
-DERIVATIVES libelous (also libellous) >adjective.
-ORIGIN originally denoting a document: from Latin libellus 'little book'.