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villainize

[vil-uh-nahyz] /ˈvɪl əˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), villainized, villainizing.
1.
to speak ill of; disparage; vilify:
to villainize the wealthy.
Origin of villainize
1620-1630
First recorded in 1620-30; villain + -ize
Can be confused
villainize, vilify.
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