Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A false publication calculated to bring one into disrepute. See 103 Iowa, 214, 64 Am. St. Rep. 175, 39 L. R. A. 734, 72 N. W. 518.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    The taking from one's reputation. The offense of injuring a person's character, fame or reputation by false and malicious statements. The term seems to be comprehensive of both libel and slander. Printing Co., v. Moulden, 15 Tex. Civ. App. 574, 41 S. W. 381; Moore v. Francis, 121 N. Y. 199, 23 N. E. 1127, 8L.R.A. 214, 18 Am. St Rep. 810; Hollenbeck v. Hall, 103.Iowa, 214, 72 N. W. 518, 39 L. R. A. 734, 64 Am. St. Rep. 175; Mosnat v, Snyder, 105 Iowa, 500, 75 N. W. 356.