Definition of vilify in English:

vilify

Line breaks: vil¦ify
Pronunciation: /ˈvɪlɪfʌɪ
 
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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, berate, belittle, abuse, insult, slight, attack, speak ill of, speak evil of, pour scorn on, cast aspersions on, criticize, censure, condemn, decry, denounce, pillory, lambaste; 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 Americanslur
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

Origin

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

Derivatives

vilifier

noun
More 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.

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