vilify

[vil-uh-fahy]
verb (used with object), vilified, vilifying.
1.
to speak ill of; defame; slander.
2.
Obsolete. to make vile.

Origin:
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.
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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]
 
vilification
 
n
 
'vilifier
 
n

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vilify
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
Only make the knocker a far more vile figure than the object presumably
  vilified.
But though he often vilified sharks, sometimes he wrote of them with reverence.
Gene therapy has been rhapsodized and vilified in its nearly two decades of
  human testing, helping some and making others sicker.
Nuclear, the only program which can pay for itself, is vilified by the eco
  people.
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