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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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Mr James is countersuing the 50-year-old, from Llandrwa, claiming that she wrote allegedly libellous comments about him in four posts on her blog.
According to the paper, he said that if Google failed to act swiftly enough, it might be inferred to have associated itself, or made itself responsible for, a libellous post.
Referring to "Vice girls 'now turning to crime'" (GDN, March 1), I'm rather astonished by the unsubstantiated libellous accusations made by the esteemed Adliya area councillor.
THEY must be the most stressed-out bunch in showbusiness, sitting for half an hour every Friday night, keeping their fingers crossed that no one says anything libellous and hoping against hope that just one episode can go without a hitch.
Yet recently, these sites have been increasingly devolving into a platform for taking random libellous swipes at companies, individuals and, in one recent case, a well-known charity.
But Barker's lawyers demanded it was taken down because it was libellous, suggesting Barker murdered Baby P - the courts couldn't agree which of Baby P's three torturers finally killed him.
It is libellous to say I have a mental condition when I have never even seen a psychiatrist.
Obviously people won't be allowed to swear or be libellous but in politically correct Britain it's time to let people say what they want.
They are constantly monitoring his claims, which we consider are libellous.
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Some short letters are not included and a few potentially libellous passages as well as 'over-elaborate valedictory courtesies in the final paragraphs' have been removed.
But please remember: we won't accept offensive or libellous material to be posted on this site, and each person can only register once.