Law. defamation by written or printed words, pictures, or in any form other than by spoken words or gestures. the act or crime of publishing it. a formal written declaration or statement, as one containing the allegations of a plaintiff or the grounds of a charge.
anything that is defamatory or that maliciously or damagingly misrepresents.
to publish a libel against.
to misrepresent damagingly.
to institute suit against by a libel, as in an admiralty court.