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 In the face of constant obstacles and vilification, our leaders have not cowered. Ilhan Omar, Star Tribune, "U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar: A look back — and forward — at the end of a first term," 16 Dec. 2020 There are headline items like opposition lawmakers’ expulsion, activists’ arrests, the vilification of the press, and the weaponization of history. Mary Hui, Quartz, "This is what the dismantling of a democracy looks like," 14 Nov. 2020 Activists, Muslims and opposition politicians have also been subjected to similar vilification campaigns by the two channels. Niha Masih, Washington Post, "TV news depicted Bollywood as a den of illegal drug use. Now, India’s stars are fighting back.," 6 Nov. 2020 The narrative is that of a leader who has experienced vilification at the hands of enemies who are both secular (and thus profane) and intensely demonic. Federico Finchelstein, The New Republic, "It’s Already Happening Here," 3 Nov. 2020 Gaudy, reckless overstatement, whether deployed in self-glorification, in vilification of enemies or in ideological hyperbole, has become the style of American public life on both sides of the political divide. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "The Amazing, Horrifying Age of Exaggeration," 27 Oct. 2020 The vilification, the post traumatic stress disorder, the nightmares, the 2016 presidential election. Alia E. Dastagir, USA TODAY, "In first presidential election post-Me Too, survivors of sexual violence largely invisible," 21 Oct. 2020 Trump’s vilification of Latinos had gained him votes instead of hurting him politically. Stephania Taladrid, The New Yorker, "Can Latino Voters Tip Wisconsin in Biden’s Favor?," 14 Oct. 2020 Clearly Sorkin sees the Chicago 7 as victims of the vilification of dissent. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘Chicago 7’: Fast-talking court drama is a window on protest and America," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of vilification

1630, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of vilification was in 1630

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9 Jan 2021

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“Vilification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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