vilify


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vil·i·fy

 (vĭl′ə-fī′)
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.

vilify

(ˈvɪlɪˌfaɪ)
vb (tr) , -fies, -fying or -fied
1. to revile with abusive or defamatory language; malign: he has been vilified in the tabloid press.
2. rare to make vile; debase; degrade
[C15: from Late Latin vīlificāre, from Latin vīlis worthless + facere to make]
vilification n
ˈviliˌfier n

vil•i•fy

(ˈvɪl əˌfaɪ)

v.t. -fied, -fy•ing.
1. to speak ill of; defame; slander.
2. Obs. to make vile.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Late Latin vīlificāre. See vile, -fy]
vil`i•fi•ca′tion, n.
vil′i•fi`er, n.

vilify


Past participle: vilified
Gerund: vilifying

Imperative
vilify
vilify
Present
I vilify
you vilify
he/she/it vilifies
we vilify
you vilify
they vilify
Preterite
I vilified
you vilified
he/she/it vilified
we vilified
you vilified
they vilified
Present Continuous
I am vilifying
you are vilifying
he/she/it is vilifying
we are vilifying
you are vilifying
they are vilifying
Present Perfect
I have vilified
you have vilified
he/she/it has vilified
we have vilified
you have vilified
they have vilified
Past Continuous
I was vilifying
you were vilifying
he/she/it was vilifying
we were vilifying
you were vilifying
they were vilifying
Past Perfect
I had vilified
you had vilified
he/she/it had vilified
we had vilified
you had vilified
they had vilified
Future
I will vilify
you will vilify
he/she/it will vilify
we will vilify
you will vilify
they will vilify
Future Perfect
I will have vilified
you will have vilified
he/she/it will have vilified
we will have vilified
you will have vilified
they will have vilified
Future Continuous
I will be vilifying
you will be vilifying
he/she/it will be vilifying
we will be vilifying
you will be vilifying
they will be vilifying
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been vilifying
you have been vilifying
he/she/it has been vilifying
we have been vilifying
you have been vilifying
they have been vilifying
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been vilifying
you will have been vilifying
he/she/it will have been vilifying
we will have been vilifying
you will have been vilifying
they will have been vilifying
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been vilifying
you had been vilifying
he/she/it had been vilifying
we had been vilifying
you had been vilifying
they had been vilifying
Conditional
I would vilify
you would vilify
he/she/it would vilify
we would vilify
you would vilify
they would vilify
Past Conditional
I would have vilified
you would have vilified
he/she/it would have vilified
we would have vilified
you would have vilified
they would have vilified
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.vilify - spread negative information aboutvilify - spread negative information about; "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"
blackguard, clapperclaw, abuse, shout - use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"

vilify

verb malign, abuse, denigrate, knock (informal), rubbish (informal), run down, smear, slag (off) (slang), berate, disparage, decry, revile, slander, dump on (slang, chiefly U.S.), debase, defame, bad-mouth (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), traduce, speak ill of, pull to pieces (informal), calumniate, vituperate, asperse He was vilified and forced into exile.
honour, praise, esteem, big up (slang, chiefly Caribbean), adore, revere, commend, glorify, exalt, venerate

vilify

verb
To make defamatory statements about:
Law: libel.
Translations

vilify

[ˈvɪlɪfaɪ] VTvilipendiar

vilify

[ˈvɪlɪfaɪ] vtdiaboliser

vilify

vilify

[ˈvɪlɪˌfaɪ] vt (frm) → diffamare
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The hero took fire at this proposal, and answered with the highest indignation that nothing should make him forsake his heavenly Master to follow an impostor, and continued in the severest terms to vilify their false prophet, till Mahomet struck off his head.
Now, as both of these gentlemen were industrious in taking every opportunity of recommending themselves to the widow, they apprehended one certain method was, by giving her son the constant preference to the other lad; and as they conceived the kindness and affection which Mr Allworthy showed the latter, must be highly disagreeable to her, they doubted not but the laying hold on all occasions to degrade and vilify him, would be highly pleasing to her; who, as she hated the boy, must love all those who did him any hurt.
David Cameron, however, we must not vilify for his role on the international stage.
I don't want to target, blame, and vilify these people, I want to give them chance after chance to beat the odds and make something of themselves and contribute in their own way to their community and society.
Insult him, vilify him, rake through his private affairs.
I mean, they are just so desperate to vilify without fact," he said.
Mr Hayward, 53, said: "I understand that people find it easier to vilify an individual more than a company.
At a time when we are seeking ways to combat obesity, it is unconscionable that Asda should vilify a safe and beneficial ingredient.
Why do we vilify the McCanns yet let the Mugabes, dictators and the warmongers carry on?
In fact, they should be vilified if they use live apes and animals in their research and the Chronicle should vilify them for that.
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