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libel US English

A published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation

libel US Thesaurus

she sued two newspapers for libel

blood libel US English

An accusation that Jewish people used the blood of Christians in religious rituals, especially in the preparation of Passover bread, that was perpetrated throughout the Middle Ages and (sporadically) until the early 20th century

criminal libel US English

A malicious, defamatory statement in a permanent form, rendering the maker liable to criminal prosecution

seditious libel US English

A published statement that is seditious