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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
The Hungarian government has since last year vilified Soros in countless billboards across the country.
What are your thoughts on this kinder light being directed toward production techniques that were long vilified by the tastemaker set?
In Russia, however, movements such as #MeToo and Time’s Up have not caught on and accusers have been vilified.
Peterson has been vilified publicly since Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed that the deputy waited outside rather than go in and confront Cruz.
For generations, Elvis Presley has been vilified as an underhanded thief as opposed to an artist making the music that moved him.
A week later at its convention in Houston, the Republican Party of Texas vilified Murphy and Anderson in its platform and urged party members to oppose their re-election.
Even one of the loudest voices in vilifying Jackson at the time now admits that the reaction was overhyped.
The firm was publicly vilified, and Mr. Blankfein personally chastised in Washington, for its role in the mortgage meltdown.
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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.
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
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