Criminal and prohibition

libel
(n)
LIE-bǝl
Meaning

defamatory statement; slander; false negative thing said about someone

1st Sample Sentence

A disturbing rumor about me is circulating these days, but I want you to understand that it is a libel.

Root

libellus (a little book, pamphlet, petition, written accusation) (Latin)

Mnemonics

First LIE about somebody and then ring the BELL to let everyone know! libel is close to label. WE always tend to LABEL people by their shortcomings, thus libel=defamatory statement

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