verb (used with object), vil·i·fied, vil·i·fy·ing.
SYNONYMS FOR vilify
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Origin of vilify
OTHER WORDS FROM vilifyvil·i·fi·ca·tion, nounvil·i·fi·er, nounvil·i·fy·ing·ly, adverbun·vil·i·fied, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH vilifyvilify , villainize
Words nearby vilify
Example sentences from the Web for vilify
Wilkie used this language despite a caution from one of his own senior lawyers, who suggested rephrasing to avoid “deterring women veterans from coming forward” by “overly vilifying” Goldstein, according to the report.VA Secretary Focused on Smearing Woman Who Said She Was Sexually Assaulted in a VA Hospital, Probe Finds|by Isaac Arnsdorf|December 10, 2020|ProPublica
These facts will make it more difficult — more egregiously shameful — to vilify the arts as elite, out of touch or apart from the mainstream of American life.Transformed by crisis, arts criticism may never be the same. And that’s a good thing.|Philip Kennicott|November 29, 2020|Washington Post
While she’s been embraced by voters in neighborhoods most affected by crime and policing, she’s been vilified in communities where most of the city’s police officers live.As Trump Calls for Law and Order, Can Chicago’s Top Prosecutor Beat the Charge That She’s Soft on Crime?|by Mick Dumke|September 4, 2020|ProPublica
I took on my own party and my own president on this, and I was vilified, and I was called a traitor and a RINO.
But it remains a moral crime to vilify good cops who have made the city safe, saving thousands of lives.
And there is the additional fear in these types of cases that the public will vilify the victim, not a celebrity wrongdoer.
With few Yankees left to vilify, Venezuela continues its slow motion spin into disrepair.Venezuela’s Audio Hoax Sees Chavez Speaking From the Grave|Mac Margolis|October 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Rather than vilify Republicans for their defense of the wealthy, he returned again to trying to win the intellectual high ground.
Once upon a pre-feminist time, it was more common to vilify the woman.
Byron had sworn to love man and nature, and to glorify their works, on the very instant he seeks to degrade and vilify.
Lagarde ('Deutsche Schriften,' p. 71) abuses him as a politician might vilify an opponent.Outspoken Essays|William Ralph Inge
The Levitical party in Madrid have, in the meantime, spared no effort to vilify me.Letters of George Borrow|George Borrow
There's a vile plot laid between you to delude—to vilify—to destroy me.Three Courses and a Dessert|Anonymous
The former found it easier to exterminate than to civilize; the latter to vilify than to discriminate.The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.|Washington Irving