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libel

[lī′bəl]
Etymology: L, libellus, little book
a false accusation written, printed, or typewritten, or presented in a picture or a sign that is made with malicious intent to defame the reputation of a person who is living or the memory of a person who is dead, resulting in public embarrassment, contempt, ridicule, or hatred.

libel

(lī′bĕl) [L. libellus, little book, pamphlet]
Defaming the character of another by means of the written word. To qualify legally as libel, written communication must intentionally impugn the reputation of another person and be both malicious and demonstrably false.

libel (lī´bəl),

n 1. that which is written and published in order to injure the character of another by ridicule or contempt.
2. a defamation expressed by print, writing, pictures, or signs.
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Many other alleged libellers were unable to write, or so they claimed.
The drawing of insinuating pictures was, as the libellers of George Hawkins knew, a very effective means of amplifying a scurrilous song.
Libellers proclaimed almost unanimously that the world of purely oral tradition was long gone.
The libellers of George Frye from Petworth were also said to have conspired to this end.
In his parody of libellers Swift had satirically countered the charge of atheistic misanthropy:
became of course one of the most malicious Libellers of me.
But nothing points to Northampton as the patron of the libellers, and it is simplistic to ascribe all evidence of political opinion to court faction.
In response, Pope began the "sorry" effort to deny authorship of the poem and even offered a reward to anyone who could uncover the identity of the libellers.