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vilify

verb vil·i·fy \ˈvi-lə-ˌfī\

: to say or write very harsh and critical things about (someone or something)

vil·i·fiedvil·i·fy·ing

Full Definition of VILIFY

transitive verb
1
:  to lower in estimation or importance
2
:  to utter slanderous and abusive statements against :  defame
vil·i·fi·er \-ˌfī(-ə)r\ noun

Examples of VILIFY

  1. He was vilified in the press for his comments.
  2. <claimed that she had been vilified by the press because of her conservative views>

Origin of VILIFY

Middle English vilifien, from Late Latin vilificare, from Latin vilis cheap, vile
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with VILIFY

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