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Definition a false and malicious publication about a person
  • The newspaper was accused of libeling him
  • You've perpetrated a near libel here in the front yard.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • libel = a malicious lie about someone
  • Libel actions, when we look at them in perspective, are an ornament of a civilized society. They have replaced, after all, at least in most cases, a resort to weapons in defense of a reputation.
    Henry Anatole Grunwald
  • This is not a book. This is libel, slander, and defamation of character. This is not a book, in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged insult, a gob of spit in the face of Art, a kick in the pants of God, Man, Destiny, Time, Love, Beauty... what you will.
    Henry Miller  --  Tropic of Cancer
  • Being indicted for the libel, and (after various strange demonstrations in court) found guilty, he fled into Holland in place of appearing to receive sentence...
    Charles Dickens  --  Barnaby Rudge
  • ...don't believe it: it's a scandalous libel.
    Anne Bronte  --  Agnes Grey
  • And her parties, and their vigorous libel actions against national newspapers.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • But as I had feared, Miss Kenton had read of the unsuccessful libel action, and inevitably, took the opportunity to probe me a little.
    Kazuo Ishiguro  --  The Remains of the Day
  • Morris and Steel were found to have libeled McDonald's.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • "Poh, nonsense!" said Mr. Smooth-it-away, taking my arm and leading me off, "these fellows ought to be indicted for a libel.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Celestial Railroad
  • She's a libel on the entire sex.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • I'm suing your wife for libel, and that one I'll win for sure.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • If necessary he would deny that he had ever known Mrs. Bast, and prosecute her for libel.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • It's a fact that I did play with them, but it's a perfect libel to say I did it for my own amusement.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Call him liar and thief; and he will only take an action against you for libel.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • You've heard it wrong; it's a libel.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • If a man hits you, hit him back; if a man libels you, haul him up.
    Henry James  --  The American
  • In the conduct of my newspaper, I carefully excluded all libelling and personal abuse, which is of late years become so disgraceful to our country.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans do not repeat the "L" prior to adding the "ING".)
  • I'll be caught for libel and killed....
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • ROPER For libel; he's a spy.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons

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