Share this entry

Share this page

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.
Synonyms
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

Origin

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

Derivatives

vilifier

1
noun
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.

Definition of vilify in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day jaunt
Pronunciation: jônt
noun
a short excursion or journey for pleasure