Libel Li"bel (l[imac]"b[e^]l), v. i. To spread defamation, written or printed; -- with against. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

What's this but libeling against the senate? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

[He] libels now 'gainst each great man. --Donne. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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