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vilify Line breaks: vil¦ify
Pronunciation: /ˈvɪlɪfʌɪ/

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.
fulminate against, rail against, inveigh against, malign, slander, libel, conduct a smear campaign against, spread lies about, blacken the name/reputation of, sully the reputation of, give someone a bad name, bring someone into disrepute, discredit, stigmatize, traduce, calumniate, impugn;
North American  slur
informal do down, do a hatchet job on, take to pieces, pull apart, throw mud at, drag through the mud, slate, have a go at, hit out at, jump on, lay into, tear into, knock, slam, pan, bash, hammer, roast, skewer, bad-mouth, throw brickbats at
British informal rubbish, slag off, monster
North American informal pummel, dump on
Australian/New Zealand informal bag
archaic contemn
rare derogate, vituperate, asperse, vilipend


Pronunciation: /ˈvɪlɪfʌɪə/
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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