Synonyms of libel in English:


See definition of libel


1‘she sued two national newspapers for libel’


defamation, defamation of character, character assassination, calumny, misrepresentation, scandalmongering

aspersions, denigration, vilification, disparagement, derogation, insult, slander, malicious gossip, tittle-tattle, traducement

lie, slur, smear, untruth, false insinuation, false report, smear campaign, slight, innuendo, rumour

informal mud-slinging

North American informal bad-mouthing

archaic contumely


1‘she alleged the magazine had libelled her’


defame, malign, slander, give someone a bad name, blacken someone's name, sully someone's reputation, speak evil of, speak ill of, write false reports about, traduce, smear, cast aspersions on, fling mud at, drag someone's name through the mire, drag someone's name through the mud, besmirch, tarnish, taint, do a hatchet job on, tell lies about, spread tales about, spread scandal about, stain, vilify, calumniate, denigrate, disparage, run down, derogate, stigmatize, discredit, slight

North American slur

rare asperse