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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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They're very successful, often expanding the pool of defendants to their employers for not sacking aberrant libelers even when their aspersions are cast online.
The lack of respect afforded Elizabeth's pronouncement on the regulation of grain suggested a deeper malaise, and charges that the wealthy had no care for the poor were not restricted to anonymous libelers or the rebellious poor.
Libelers proclaimed almost unanimously that the world of purely oral tradition was long gone," p.