- 1 Law a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation. Compare with slander.
verb (libels, libeling, libeled ; Britishlibels, libelling, libelled)[with object]
Middle English (in the general sense 'a document, a written statement'): via Old French from Latin libellus, diminutive of liber 'book'
Do not double the final consonant when adding endings that begin with a vowel to a word that ends in a vowel plus a consonant, if the stress is not at the end of the word (as in target): (libels, libeling, libeled).