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vilify Syllabification: vil·i·fy
Pronunciation: /ˈviləˌfī/

Definition of vilify in English:

verb (vilifies, vilifying, vilified)

[with object]
Speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner: he has been vilified in the press
More example sentences
  • Those who dislike speech or publications vilifying certain groups should speak out in their defence, not use the law to punish unwelcome opinions.
  • When anybody calls their bluff and punctures this self-delusion, they can only cope by insulting and vilifying their critics.
  • You speak of democracy but vilify those that dare speak against your hero.
disparage, denigrate, defame, run down, revile, abuse, speak ill of, criticize, condemn, denounce;
informal tear apart/into, lay into, slam, badmouth, dis, talk smack, crucify


Pronunciation: /ˈviləˌfī(ə)r/
Example sentences
  • The time has come for a vicious vendetta against the vox populi and the vociferating vilifiers of vice.
  • In each of these four cases, the vilifier has been murdered.
  • I guess I'm one of the main vilifiers and I'd be lying if I said I'm ashamed of that.


Late Middle English (in the sense 'lower in value'): from late Latin vilificare, from Latin vilis 'of low value' (see vile).

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