[ vil-uh-fahy ]
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verb (used with object),vil·i·fied, vil·i·fy·ing.
  1. to speak ill of; defame; slander.

  2. Obsolete. to make vile.

Origin of vilify

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Late Latin word vīlificāre.See vile, -fy

Other words for vilify

Opposites for vilify

Other words from vilify

  • vil·i·fi·ca·tion [vil-uh-fi-key-shuhn], /ˌvɪl ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/, noun
  • vil·i·fi·er, noun
  • vil·i·fy·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·vil·i·fied, adjective

Words that may be confused with vilify

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How to use vilify in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for vilify


/ (ˈvɪlɪˌfaɪ) /

verb-fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
  1. to revile with abusive or defamatory language; malign: he has been vilified in the tabloid press

  2. rare to make vile; debase; degrade

Origin of vilify

C15: from Late Latin vīlificāre, from Latin vīlis worthless + facere to make

Derived forms of vilify

  • vilification (ˌvɪlɪfɪˈkeɪʃən), noun
  • vilifier, noun

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