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
The statements did not criticize the defendant's demeanor nor attempt to vilify
  him in any way.
Commentators ruthlessly vilify all involved from the island of their own
  innocence.
Wow, guaranteed that quote will show up on some anti-science website to try to
  vilify how scientists view life.
People tend to vilify gambling as the root of all evil.
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