Libel vs. Slander - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Libel (noun)

    A written or pictorial false statement which unjustly seeks to damage someone's reputation.

  • Libel (noun)

    The act or crime of displaying such a statement publicly.

  • Libel (noun)

    Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.

  • Libel (noun)

    A written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks.

  • Libel (noun)

    A brief writing of any kind, especially a declaration, bill, certificate, request, supplication, etc.

  • Libel (verb)

    To defame someone, especially in a manner that meets the legal definition of libel.

    "He libelled her when he published that."

  • Libel (verb)

    To proceed against (a ship, goods, etc.) by filing a libel.

  • Slander (noun)

    A false or unsupported, malicious statement (spoken, not written), especially one which is injurious to a person's reputation; the making of such a statement.

  • Slander (verb)

    To utter a slanderous statement; baselessly speak ill of.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Libel (noun)

    a published false statement that is damaging to a person's reputation; a written defamation

    "he was found guilty of a libel on a Liverpool inspector of taxes"

  • Libel (noun)

    the action or crime of publishing a libel

    "a libel action"

    "she sued two newspapers for libel"

  • Libel (noun)

    a false and typically malicious statement about a person.

  • Libel (noun)

    a thing that brings undeserved discredit on a person by misrepresentation.

  • Libel (noun)

    (in admiralty and ecclesiastical law) a plaintiff's written declaration.

  • Libel (verb)

    defame (someone) by publishing a libel

    "the jury found that he was libelled by a newspaper"

  • Libel (verb)

    make a false and typically malicious statement about.

  • Libel (verb)

    (in admiralty and ecclesiastical law) bring a suit against

    "if a ship does you any injury you libel the ship"

  • Slander (noun)

    the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person's reputation

    "he is suing the TV company for slander"

  • Slander (noun)

    a false and malicious spoken statement

    "I've had just about all I can stomach of your slanders"

  • Slander (verb)

    make false and damaging statements about (someone)

    "they were accused of slandering the head of state"

Webster Dictionary

  • Libel (noun)

    A brief writing of any kind, esp. a declaration, bill, certificate, request, supplication, etc.

  • Libel (noun)

    Any defamatory writing; a lampoon; a satire.

  • Libel (noun)

    A malicious publication expressed either in print or in writing, or by pictures, effigies, or other signs, tending to expose another to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule. Such publication is indictable at common law.

  • Libel (noun)

    The crime of issuing a malicious defamatory publication.

  • Libel (noun)

    A written declaration or statement by the plaintiff of his cause of action, and of the relief he seeks.

  • Libel

    To defame, or expose to public hatred, contempt, or ridicule, by a writing, picture, sign, etc.; to lampoon.

  • Libel

    To proceed against by filing a libel, particularly against a ship or goods.

  • Libel (verb)

    To spread defamation, written or printed; - with against.

  • Slander (noun)

    A false tale or report maliciously uttered, tending to injure the reputation of another; the malicious utterance of defamatory reports; the dissemination of malicious tales or suggestions to the injury of another.

  • Slander (noun)

    Disgrace; reproach; dishonor; opprobrium.

  • Slander (noun)

    Formerly, defamation generally, whether oral or written; in modern usage, defamation by words spoken; utterance of false, malicious, and defamatory words, tending to the damage and derogation of another; calumny. See the Note under Defamation.

  • Slander

    To defame; to injure by maliciously uttering a false report; to tarnish or impair the reputation of by false tales maliciously told or propagated; to calumniate.

  • Slander

    To bring discredit or shame upon by one's acts.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Libel (noun)

    a tort consisting of false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person

  • Libel (noun)

    the written statement of a plaintiff explaining the cause of action (the defammation) and any relief he seeks

  • Libel (verb)

    print slanderous statements against;

    "The newspaper was accused of libeling him"

  • Slander (noun)

    words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another

  • Slander (noun)

    an abusive attack on a person's character or good name

  • Slander (verb)

    charge falsely or with malicious intent; attack the good name and reputation of someone;

    "The journalists have defamed me!"

    "The article in the paper sullied my reputation"

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