li·bel·ous also li·bel·lous /'lī-bə-ləs/ adj: constituting or including libel
a libelous magazine article

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I adjective abusive, acrimonious, aspersive, calumnious, condemnatory, contemptuous, damaging, damnatory, defamatory, denunciatory, derogatory, detracting, detractive, discreditable, discrediting, disgracing, dishonorable, dishonoring, disparaging, false and injurious, humiliating, ignominious, ill-willed, improficient, injurious, insulting, malevolent, malicious, malignant, odious, pejorative, scandalous, scurrile, scurrilous, traducing, vilifying, vituperative II index calumnious, contemptuous, derogatory

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

In the nature of a written defamation, a communication that tends to injure reputation.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

In the nature of a written defamation, a communication that tends to injure reputation.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

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  • Libelous — Li bel*ous (l[imac] b[e^]l*[u^]s), a. Containing or involving a libel; defamatory; containing that which exposes some person to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule; as, a libelous pamphlet. [Written also {libellous}.] {Li bel*ous*ly}, adv. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • libelous — also libellous, 1610s, from LIBEL (Cf. libel) (n.) + OUS (Cf. ous). Related: Libelously; libelousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • libelous — [adj] derogatory aspersive, backbiting, calumniatory, calumnious, contumelious, debasing, defamatory, depreciative, detracting, detractory, disparaging, false, injurious, invidious, malevolent, malicious, maligning, opprobrious, pejorative,… …   New thesaurus

  • libelous — or libellous [lī′bələs] adj. 1. of the nature of, or involving, a libel 2. given to writing and publishing libels; defamatory libelously adv. libellously …   English World dictionary

  • libelous — adjective /ˈlaɪ.bəl.ʌs/ a) defamatory, libeling, referring to something that causes harm to someones reputation especially with malice or disregard. The accusation was libelous, full of falsehoods, spite and malice. b) meeting the legal standards …   Wiktionary

  • libelous — or libellous adjective Date: 1619 constituting or including a libel ; defamatory < a libelous statement > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • libelous — li|bel|ous [ laıbələs ] adjective a piece of writing that is libelous contains things about someone that are not true …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • libelous — libel ► NOUN 1) Law the publication of a false statement that is damaging to a person s reputation. Compare with SLANDER(Cf. ↑slanderous). 2) a written defamation. ► VERB (libelled, libelling; US libeled, libeling …   English terms dictionary

  • libelous — libelously; esp. Brit., libellously, adv. /luy beuh leuhs/, adj. containing, constituting, or involving a libel; maliciously defamatory. Also, esp. Brit., libellous. [1610 20; LIBEL + OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • libelous — Synonyms and related words: abusive, back biting, backbiting, belittling, bitchy, calumniatory, calumnious, catty, censorious, contemptuous, contumelious, debasing, defamatory, deprecatory, depreciative, depreciatory, derisive, derisory,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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