Definition of libellous in English:

libellous

(US libelous)

adjective

  • Containing or constituting a libel:

    ‘a libellous newspaper story’
    • ‘There have been a number of cases where the courts have refused to enforce copyright as the works in question were considered libellous, immoral, obscene, scandalous or irreligious.’
    • ‘They use the example of stock message boards where people reveal all sorts of defaming and libelous content to try to move a stock.’
    • ‘It was conceded by the defendant that the impugned language used in the letter was libellous.’
    • ‘The defendants denied the article was libellous and said even if it was, they were covered by a number of defences.’
    • ‘Therefore, in considering the extent of constitutional protection for arguably libellous speech, we ordinarily are dealing with statements that are false.’
    • ‘It must also be pointed out that there is a difference between the publishing of material that is found to be libelous and stories that may be false, but injure no individual's reputation.’
    • ‘The claimant cannot select apparently libellous statements if the passage taken as a whole is not defamatory.’
    • ‘Repeating someone else's libellous statement is just as bad as making the statement directly.’
    • ‘When does a joke stop being funny and start being libellous?’
    • ‘If a letter is potentially libelous, slanderous or appears to have been written with malice or harmful intent, it will be edited or rejected.’
    • ‘Something defamatory is libellous only if it's untrue.’
    • ‘Posting of slanderous, libelous, abusive or defamatory material is totally prohibited.’
    • ‘In the name of press freedom and nationalism we deliberately wrote seditious and criminally libellous articles against colonial governments.’
    • ‘You must have known the ‘facts’ upon which you based your libellous story were false.’
    • ‘Who can get the other to tell the more libelous story?’
    • ‘Anonymous e-mailers shouldn't get away with false and libelous statements.’
    • ‘These damages are measured by how much the libelous statements lower the plaintiff's reputation.’
    • ‘We will remove any content that may put us in legal jeopardy, such as potentially libellous or defamatory postings.’
    • ‘However, fabricating malicious falsehoods and then actively circulating them not only belies any profession of Christianity but is defamatory and libelous.’
    • ‘A libelous campaign pamphlet is harder to punish if it is anonymous.’
    defamatory, denigratory, vilifying, disparaging, derogatory, aspersive, calumnious, calumniatory, slanderous, false, untrue, misrepresentative, traducing, maligning, insulting, scurrilous, slurring, smearing
    mud-slinging, muckraking
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Pronunciation:

libellous

/ˈlʌɪb(ə)ləs/