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

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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 other dubious philosophy is a vilification of business. The Economist, "Elizabeth Warren wants to remake American capitalism," 24 Oct. 2019 The ascent of water bottles to status symbol probably began with the vilification of the disposable kind., "Once an afterthought, the humble water bottle has emerged as a designer product — the “it” accessory of the moment.," 3 Dec. 2019 Despite the regular vilification of her character, Goo continued to pursue her career on her own terms as a confident performer, all the while regularly sharing her thoughts, vulnerabilities, and feelings with the world through social media. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Goo Hara Was a K-Pop Royal Who Deserved a Better World," 24 Nov. 2019 Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. Brian Stelter, CNN, "Shepard Smith slams vilification of the press in first remarks since leaving Fox News," 22 Nov. 2019 That laissez-faire approach to content moderation was met with absolute vilification by many technology experts and critics alike. Wired, "Banning Micro-Targeted Political Ads Won’t End the Practice," 22 Nov. 2019 The Church of Scientology has faced massive scrutiny and vilification for decades, with critics accusing it of being a cult that has exploited and abused its members. Jeremy Pelzer, cleveland, "Ohio lawmakers congratulate Church of Scientology on opening new Columbus location," 12 Nov. 2019 Trump has put forth a narrative about Latinos that revels in vilification. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Targeted in El Paso, vilified by Trump. Why the Latino culture vacuum is dangerous," 15 Aug. 2019 Whether the vilification has damaged the Democratic Party as a whole is unclear, as is whether these attacks will have staying power once the Democrats choose their presidential nominee next year — and there is an actual face to put on the party. Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "Pelosi. Clinton. Obama. Now ‘the Squad’ Is the New Target for the Right.," 27 July 2019

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First Known Use of vilification

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jan 2020

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“Vilification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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