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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
Politically, Social Security is often vilified as an entitlement program that costs taxpayers too much.
Often vilified or ignored by urbanites, architects, and critics, the suburb is nevertheless the residential heart of America.
For years, the woman who was raped in Prospect Park in 1994 and then vilified as a fabricator by a Daily News columnist, has yearned for an apology from the newspaper and the police.
Even though Trump seems intent on vilifying mental illness as a scapegoat in the gun control debate, his actions run counter to that rhetoric.
There is no Hillary Clinton figure in contemporary China (the real Mrs. Clinton is vilified by the government for talking about human rights in the country), or an Angela Merkel, who has stood up to China on trade.
While there was some compassion in the comments that accompanied the news stories, prayers for the children and pleas to understand mental illness, Amanda was largely vilified.
Legislators were undeterred by aggressive lobbying from animal research groups, which claim the bills vilify labs and make scientific studies more onerous.
Praised by many and vilified by others, the Colemans at least twice had suspicious fires damage their homes in Nodaway and Gentry counties, said Robert Smith, the fire chief in Albany.
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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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