vil·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌvi-lə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce vilification (audio) \

Definition of vilification

1 : the act of vilifying : abuse
2 : an instance of vilifying : a defamatory utterance

Examples of vilification in a Sentence

warned that the constant vilification of candidates for public office was undermining the people's faith in the political system
Recent Examples on the Web The community, which makes up 14 percent of India’s 1.4 billion population, is reeling from vilification by hard-line Hindu nationalists who have long espoused an anti-Muslim stance. Washington Post, 3 May 2022 In India, the country’s Muslim minority is reeling from vilification by hard-line Hindu nationalists who have long espoused anti-Muslim stances, with some inciting against Muslims. Mariam Fam, Chicago Tribune, 2 May 2022 The undermining of the state’s elections system, the vilification of critical race theory and the introduction of anti-transgender legislation in Utah in recent years are issues troubling to Trevor Warburton, a secondary education professor. Kim Bojórquez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Mar. 2022 The Jackson hearing seemed to open a new frontier in vilification by focusing so heavily on her sentencing history, meaning any sentences handed down by future nominees will now become fodder for attack. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2022 The vilification of Fauci -- who has served under seven presidents, including four Republicans -- is part of a broader anti-science movement within the GOP. Chris Cillizza, CNN, 15 Feb. 2022 Can the reputation of Britain’s King George III be rehabilitated after centuries of vilification? Steve Donoghue, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Feb. 2022 This intense, long term vilification of all police has impacted the officers psychologically, as well as members of their families. James Desmarais,, 31 Jan. 2022 Greene and other lawmakers' vilification of tech platforms as partisan actors fits into a much broader pattern reflecting America's dysfunctional politics. Brian Fung, CNN, 6 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of vilification

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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9 May 2022

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“Vilification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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