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vilify

[ vil-uh-fahy ]
/ 藞v瑟l 蓹藢fa瑟 /
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verb (used with object), vil路i路fied, vil路i路fy路ing.
to speak ill of; defame; slander.
Obsolete. to make vile.
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Origin of vilify

First recorded in 1400鈥50; late Middle English word from Late Latin word v墨lific膩re.See vile, -fy

OTHER WORDS FROM vilify

vil路i路fi路ca路tion [vil-uh-fi-key-shuhn], /藢v瑟l 蓹 f瑟藞ke瑟 蕛蓹n/, nounvil路i路fi路er, nounvil路i路fy路ing路ly, adverbun路vil路i路fied, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH vilify

vilify , villainize
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British Dictionary definitions for vilify

vilify
/ (藞v瑟l瑟藢fa瑟) /

verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
to revile with abusive or defamatory language; malignhe has been vilified in the tabloid press
rare to make vile; debase; degrade

Derived forms of vilify

vilification (藢v瑟l瑟f瑟藞ke瑟蕛蓹n), nounvilifier, noun

Word Origin for vilify

C15: from Late Latin v墨lific膩re, from Latin v墨lis worthless + facere to make
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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