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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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An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.
The gentleman next door had been vilified by Nicholas; rudely stigmatised as a dotard and an idiot; and for these attacks upon his understanding, Mrs Nickleby was, in some sort, accountable.
Add to the rest, poor girl, that she had heard him vilified for her sake, and that she had suffered for his, and where the wonder that his occasional tones of serious interest (setting off his carelessness, as if it were assumed to calm her), that his lightest touch, his lightest look, his very presence beside her in the dark common street, were like glimpses of an enchanted world, which it was natural for jealousy and malice and all meanness to be unable to bear the brightness of, and to gird at as bad spirits might.
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