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vilify

[vil-uh-fahy] /ˈvɪl əˌfaɪ/
verb (used with object), vilified, vilifying.
1.
to speak ill of; defame; slander.
2.
Obsolete. to make vile.
Origin of vilify
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin vīlificāre. See vile, -fy
Related forms
vilification, noun
vilifier, noun
vilifyingly, adverb
unvilified, adjective
Synonyms
1. depreciate, disparage, calumniate, malign, abuse, asperse, blacken.
Antonyms
1. commend.
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vilify

/ˈvɪlɪˌfaɪ/
verb (transitive) -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
Derived Forms
vilification (ˌvɪlɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) noun
vilifier, noun
Word Origin
C15: from Late Latin vīlificāre, from Latin vīlis worthless + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for vilify
v.

mid-15c., "to lower in worth or value," from Late Latin vilificare "to make cheap or base," from Latin 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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