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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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Nothing gains your attention more dramatically than being told that you have just libelled a millionaire.
The lawyer claimed that the cartoon potentially libelled Jean Chretien, since it implied he or his party may have been bribed into giving the wealthy a free pass -- even though the tabloid and cartoon contains no such implication.
The highest was the pounds 300,000 awarded to Labour MEP Proinsias de Rossa against Independent Newspapers after he was libelled in an article written by soccer pundit Eamonn Dunphy.