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

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At the conference yesterday Clooney also spoke more generally about the vilification of journalists, the effects of which can be deadly. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Amal Clooney Has Some Choice Words for President Trump," 11 July 2019 But some Millennial pundits ignored that landmark, eager to highlight allegations of impropriety and subject Zeffirelli’s legacy to the routine vilification of the #MeToo era. Armond White, National Review, "Franco Zeffirelli: Unlikely Conservative Hero," 20 June 2019 That vilification has spawned a widespread distrust of the discipline itself, so much so that neighboring Arab Gulf states seldom issue visas to Iraqi scientists to attend regional conferences or workshops. Peter Schwartzstein, Smithsonian, "How Saddam and ISIS Killed Iraqi Science," 30 May 2018 Whenever the threats of homophobic violence, media vilification, or repressive laws reached a tipping point, gay liberation activists made a choice. Sascha Cohen, Smithsonian, "How Gay Activists Challenged the Politics of Civility," 10 July 2018 But quickly after Britain voted to leave, racial vilification and attacks quickly spread to target Poles, Latvians, Romanians, Bulgarians, Hungarians, Jews and, perhaps the least expected, the Swedes. Amro Ali, Time, "Denmark’s “Ghetto” Policies Are an Ominous Sign That Liberal Europe Is Starting to Unravel at the Seams," 3 July 2018 This has led to a vicious circle of excessive pressure, fear of failure, underachievement, vilification and scapegoating., "An Urgent Message to England Fans at the World Cup - Please Calm Down & Get Real!," 27 June 2018 The resulting vilification directed at Mr. Bouton was roughly equal to the kind that might descend on someone who had betrayed the American nation. WSJ, "Five Best: Gordon Marino," 22 June 2018 López Obrador had strong words of his own, likening Trump's rhetoric about Mexicans to Hitler's vilification of Jews. Dave Graham, The Christian Science Monitor, "Mexico's presidential front-runner seeks common ground with Trump," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of vilification

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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