- to speak ill of; defame; slander.
- Obsolete. to make vile.
Origin of vilify
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1. depreciate, disparage, calumniate, malign, abuse, asperse, blacken.
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Examples from the Web for vilify
But it remains a moral crime to vilify good cops who have made the city safe, saving thousands of lives.Protesters Slimed This Good Samaritan Cop
December 16, 2014
And there is the additional fear in these types of cases that the public will vilify the victim, not a celebrity wrongdoer.Here’s What She’d Tell Bill Cosby Today
December 9, 2014
With few Yankees left to vilify, Venezuela continues its slow motion spin into disrepair.Venezuela’s Audio Hoax Sees Chavez Speaking From the Grave
October 8, 2013
Rather than vilify Republicans for their defense of the wealthy, he returned again to trying to win the intellectual high ground.Is This Thing On?
October 6, 2011
Once upon a pre-feminist time, it was more common to vilify the woman.Bedding the Boss
October 5, 2009
"Even that may be more pardonable than to vilify a good one," said Mary.The Martins Of Cro' Martin, Vol. I (of II)
Charles James Lever
Oh, fling him into a crater; that will teach him to vilify his betters.
If you are his friend, why do you vilify and slander him behind his back?The Mask
If they were not impartial, this man would never have dared to vilify them.A Sketch of the Life of the late Henry Cooper
The vulgar, wherever he passed, were instigated to reproach and vilify him.
- to revile with abusive or defamatory language; malignhe has been vilified in the tabloid press
- rare to make vile; debase; degrade
C15: from Late Latin vīlificāre, from Latin vīlis worthless + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for vilify
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