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 Liar (The).Li’ber Albus 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Li’bel
 
means a little book (Latin, libellus). A lampoon, a satire, or any defamatory writings. Originally it meant a plaintiff’s statement of his case, which usually “defames” the defendant.   1
   The greater the truth, the greater the libel. The dictum of William Murray, Earl of Mansfield (1704–1793).   2
       
“Dost not know that old Mansfield, who writes like the Bible,
Says: ‘The more ’tis a truth, sir, the more ’tis a libel’?”
       
Burus.
 


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