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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 this op-ed, writer Danielle Campoamor breaks down how President Donald Trump and his administration are vilifying mental illness while simultaneously exacerbating the country's mental health crisis.
The billionaire investor criticized the Trump administration’s treatment of Amazon.com Inc. and its founder, saying the White House should be lauding rather than vilifying the online retailer.
But opinions seemed to diverge on whether Trump's remarks should be taken on face value only, or in context of his greater campaign to vilify non-white immigrants.
Oh my goodness, I would be vilified in the community.
After years of playing with the Red Sox, he was subsequently vilified by many Boston fans because of the team’s rivalry.
Kaepernick, who Trump once vilified for his position to kneel during the national anthem, has also been asked to attend.
Marble eventually moved away from Linwood in 1989, too hounded by police and vilified by the community to stay.
To the end, Madikizela-Mandela remained a polarizing figure in South Africa, admired by loyalists who were prepared to focus on her contribution to ending apartheid, vilified by critics who foremost saw her flaws.
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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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