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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
However, as tends to happen in these cases, many have tried to vilify Micah.
One of the problems with this debate is that people are too quick to vilify everyone and place them in the same category.
Lukas Feigelfeld’s arty folk-horror debut is a grim fairy tale about women shunned and vilified as witches during Europe’s dark ages.
His opponent, Fran Grenier, the chairman of the Salem County Republican Party, supports the departing Republican governor, Chris Christie, and President Trump, both of whom the union routinely vilifies.
The issue gained new traction about 10 days ago when President Donald Trump vilified kneeling NFL players during a rally and said NFL team owners should fire those players.
Despite Bill Clinton’s broad appeal, he and his wife, both proud feminists, were being widely vilified.
The movie vilifies the new student from the get-go.
In Recep Teyep Erdogan’s Turkey, scores of journalists are in jail, and in Viktor Orban’s Hungary, the independent media is regularly vilified.
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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
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsasperse, blacken, calumniate, defame, libel, malign, smear, traduce, slander
Related Wordsbelittle, denigrate, detract, disparage; discredit, disgrace, dishonor, shame; abase, debase, degrade, humble, humiliate; disdain, scorn
Near Antonymsexalt, glorify, honor; acclaim, applaud, commend, praise; esteem, respect; admire, regard; adore, revere, venerate, worship
Synonym Discussion of vilify
- the most maligned monarch in British history
- so traduced the governor that he was driven from office
- both candidates aspersed the other's motives
- no criminal was more vilified in the press
- falsely calumniated as a traitor
- sued them for defaming her reputation
- town gossips slandered their good name
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