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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.
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Much of the King's poetry is published here, including the very interesting political poem "His Majesties Answere unto a Libell," written in 1622-23 at the time of the Spanish Match, and sharply reprimanding libelers who ignorantly criticized his policies.
For instance, on the matter of the promotion of preventive war, Macrae dismisses those who attribute this view to von Neumann as "libelers" (p.
He insists on the regulatory nature of "true satire," as distinguished from the punitive attack of the libeler. In Tatler 92 (10 November 1709), he says that "Libel and Satyr are promiscuously joined together in the Notions of the Vulgar, though the Satyrist and Libeller differ as much as the Magistrate and the Murderer" (2:74).