verb (used with object), vil·i·fied, vil·i·fy·ing.
Origin of vilify
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.
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
British Dictionary definitions for vilify
verb -fies, -fying or -fied (tr)
Word Origin for vilify
Word Origin and History for vilify
mid-15c., "to lower in worth or value," from Late Latin vilificare "to make cheap or base," from Latin vilis "cheap, base" (see vile) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "to slander, speak evil of" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Vilified, vilifying.