verb (used with object), vilified, vilifying.
to speak ill of; defame; slander.
Obsolete. to make vile.

1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin vīlificāre. See vile, -fy

vilification, noun
vilifier, noun
vilifyingly, adverb
unvilified, adjective

1. depreciate, disparage, calumniate, malign, abuse, asperse, blacken.

1. commend. Unabridged
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vilify (ˈvɪlɪˌfaɪ)
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
1.  to revile with abusive or defamatory language; malign: he has been vilified in the tabloid press
2.  rare to make vile; debase; degrade
[C15: from Late Latin vīlificāre, from Latin vīlis worthless + facere to make]

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., "to lower in worth or value," from L.L. vilificare "to make cheap or base," from L. vilis "cheap, base" (see vile) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "to slander, speak evil of" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Vilified, vilifying.
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Example sentences
Another important contributor to the slow acceptance of these new ideas is the
  vilification of dietary fats.
There is always anger at the normal and vilification of anything that works,
  that succeeds.
Some of it was true but not actually worthy of vilification.
Calling someone ignorant isn't vilification and neither is calling them to task.
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