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Examples of vilify in a Sentence
He was vilified in the press for his comments.
claimed that she had been vilified by the press because of her conservative views
Recent Examples of vilify from the Web
While neither leader mentioned Trump by name, both stressed their commitment to the Paris accord which the U.S. president vilified Thursday as being harmful to the American economy.
Hillary Clinton has been vilified and attacked by Republicans for almost three decades.
Leander Perez was so vilified for his white supremacist views, the Catholic church excommunicated him.
To Ms. Udofia, the themes within her plays are especially crucial now, as immigration becomes a contentious issue around the world and immigrants are vilified by some politicians.
Landrieu also chose to quote the late South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, a man now universally admired but once imprisoned, vilified as a terrorist and scorned by leaders in the West.
Meanwhile, smaller rivals like Spotify have been vilified by artists, including Swift, who pulled her music from Spotify late last year, arguing that artists deserved to make more from the platform.
For us, this only slightly softens the blow that the Mint Julep has been vilified as toxic by imbibers worldwide.
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Did You Know?
Vilify came to English by way of the Middle English vilifien and the Late Latin vilificare from the Latin adjective vilis, meaning "cheap" or "vile." It first appeared in English in the 15th century. Also debuting during that time was another verb that derives from vilis and has a similar meaning: vilipend. When they were first used in English, both vilify and vilipend meant to regard someone or something as being of little worth or importance. Vilipend now carries an additional meaning of "to express a low opinion of somebody," while vilify means, more specifically, to express such an opinion publicly in a way that intends to embarrass a person or ruin his or her reputation.
Origin and Etymology of vilify
Middle English vilifien, from Late Latin vilificare, from Latin vilis cheap, vile
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of vilify
VILIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vilify for English Language Learners
: to say or write very harsh and critical things about (someone or something)
VILIFY Defined for Kids
Definition of vilify for Students
: to speak of harshly and often unfairly The newspaper vilified him for his opinions.
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