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tr.v. vil·i·fied, vil·i·fy·ing, vil·i·fies
To attack the reputation of (a person or thing) with strong or abusive criticism. See Synonyms at malign.

[Middle English vilifien, from Late Latin vīlificāre, to hold cheap : Latin vīlis, cheap; see wes- in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficāre, -fy.]

vil′i·fi·ca′tion (-fĭ-kā′shən) n.
vil′i·fi′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vilifier - one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libelvilifier - one who attacks the reputation of another by slander or libel
depreciator, detractor, disparager, knocker - one who disparages or belittles the worth of something
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The law, however, draws a distinction, attenuated though the distinction may be, between free speech and hate speech, or, if you wish, between vilification and the protections afforded the vilifier by the First Amendment.
Don't be shocked after a few firebrand Salafis grabbed their box of tricks, pulling a firecracker out: the virtue and vice vilifier.
106) However, I am arguing that, phenomenologically, there is an intrinsic relationship between the prejudice that a vilifier holds against the identity of the community to which they perceive their target to belong, and the ability to characterise their utterance as vilifying rather than simply offensive.
General Musharraf is not an apocalyptic zealot like Osama bin Laden, an erratic recluse like North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Il, or a public vilifier of America, like Iran's ruling clerics.