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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
In Recep Teyep Erdogan’s Turkey, scores of journalists are in jail, and in Viktor Orban’s Hungary, the independent media is regularly vilified.
Even before media reports and a congressional hearing vilified Valeant Pharmaceuticals International for raising prices on a pair of lifesaving heart drugs, Dr. Umesh Khot knew something was very wrong.
Still, there are these circumstances: Sessions has been vilified by President Trump over the past week both on Twitter and in interviews.
This is so, the civil rights lawyer argued, in part because of the way that Mac Donald vilifies participants in the Black Lives Matter movement, thereby putting them at greater risk of being harmed by critics agitated into violence.
But vilifying higher education when the entire Republican party in D.C. is based off the privilege these institutions provided them?
Loria has been vilified locally by fans upset with the franchise’s stadium deal with Miami-Dade County, its past cost-cutting trades and its low payrolls.
May eternal damnation be upon those in Whaling Port who, without knowing me, have maliciously vilified me.
Benevolent billionaires were vilified for connections to Wall Street during the election.
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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
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
- The newspaper vilified him for his opinions.
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