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Synonyms of libel in English:


  • she sued two national newspapers for libel a company's reputation could be injured by a libel
    lie, slur, smear, untruth, false insinuation, false report, smear campaign, slight, innuendo, rumour
    North American informalbad-mouthing
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  • she alleged the magazine had libelled her
    defame, malign, slander, give someone a bad name, blacken someone's name, sully someone's reputation, speak ill/evil of, write false reports about, traduce, smear, cast aspersions on, fling mud at, drag someone's name through the mud/mire, 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
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    libel, slander, malign, defame, traduce
    See malign

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