criminal libel


Definition of criminal libel

: libel that constitutes a crime (as because it was published maliciously) and is subject to criminal penalties

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First Known Use of criminal libel

1661, in the meaning defined above

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“Criminal libel.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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