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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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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.
The "better sort", so often the victims of these scurrilous songs, could frequently be heard denouncing libellers and their alehouse culture.