libel [lahy-buhl] Show IPA
|Part of Speech:||verb|
|Definition:||purposefully lie about someone|
|Synonyms:||asperse, bad-mouth, blister, burlesque, calumniate, caricature, crack, defame, denigrate, derogate, drag name through mud, give a black eye, knock, malign, mark wrong, mark*, revile, roast, scandalize, scorch, sizzle, slur, smear, tear down, traduce, travesty, vilify|
|Notes:||libel (from Latin libellus 'little book') must be published, while spoken defamatory remarks are slander; libel first meant 'document, written statement'
slander is spoken defamation; libel is written or visual or broadcast defamation