libel

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libel

1. Law
a. the publication of defamatory matter in permanent form, as by a written or printed statement, picture, etc.
b. the act of publishing such matter
2. Ecclesiastical law a claimant's written statement of claim
3. Scots law the formal statement of a charge
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He remained in London on the fringes of an expatriate community that included other thorns in Versailles's side: libellers publishing (or threatening to publish) licentious and fictitious 'memoirs' purportedly penned by French royal mistresses.
Sherriff (2005), Anonymity no protection for online libellers.
In his parody of libellers Swift had satirically countered the charge of atheistic misanthropy: