Definition of seditious libel in English:

seditious libel

noun

Law
  • 1A published statement which is seditious:

    ‘his publication in 1763 was decided by the courts to be a seditious libel on George III’
    1. 1.1[mass noun] The action or crime of publishing a seditious statement:
      ‘James had the bishops tried for seditious libel’
      • ‘Another tactic of the government to silence criticism was to prosecute authors, printers and publishers for seditious libel, a common law crime.’
      • ‘Gales' strong reformist views were clearly expressed in his paper - so much so that in 1794 he fled to America to avoid prosecution for seditious libel.’
      • ‘Darling did not rest content with actions for criminal or seditious libel.’
      • ‘Printers had to settle for prosecutions if they printed seditious libel, so they either played it safe or adopted pseudonyms and fake addresses.’
      • ‘James had the bishops tried for seditious libel, but even his judges summed up against him and they were acquitted.’
      • ‘He was released on bail in June and his trial for seditious libel began early the following month and was quickly over.’
      • ‘These varied from the trials and subsequent execution of radicals for treason, to trials for sedition and seditious libel.’
      • ‘One of the posters, questioning the independence of the commissioners, resulted in the South Australian government laying archaic charges of criminal and seditious libel against the paper.’