Etymology
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libelous (adj.)

also libellous, "defamatory, containing that which exposes another to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule," 1610s, from libel (n.) + -ous. Related: Libelously; libelousness.

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Definitions of libelous

libelous (adj.)
(used of statements) harmful and often untrue; tending to discredit or malign;
Synonyms: calumniatory / calumnious / defamatory / denigrative / denigrating / denigratory / libellous / slanderous
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