libel

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Related to libelled: slander, defamatory, defaming

libel chill

The silencing effect that the threat of a libel lawsuit can have on those who would be sued if they continue such speech. The whistleblower's silence after being threatened with a lawsuit by her former company is a classic case of libel chill.
See also: chill, libel

The greater the truth, the greater the libel.

Prov. It is more offensive to say something damaging and true about someone than it is to tell a damaging lie. Jill: Fred's really upset. Someone's started a rumor that he's unfaithful to his wife. Jane: But it's true. Jill: Yeah, but the greater the truth, the greater the libel.
See also: greater, libel
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Nothing gains your attention more dramatically than being told that you have just libelled a millionaire.
The lawyer claimed that the cartoon potentially libelled Jean Chretien, since it implied he or his party may have been bribed into giving the wealthy a free pass -- even though the tabloid and cartoon contains no such implication.
The highest was the pounds 300,000 awarded to Labour MEP Proinsias de Rossa against Independent Newspapers after he was libelled in an article written by soccer pundit Eamonn Dunphy.