An example of to vilify is to tell a story about a man which makes him sound like a thief.
Origin of vilifyEcclesiastical Late Latin vilificare: see vile and amp; -fy
transitive verbvil·i·fied, vil·i·fy·ing, vil·i·fies
Origin of vilifyMiddle English vilifien, from Late Latin v&imacron;lificare, to hold cheap : Latin v&imacron;lis, cheap; see wes-3 in Indo-European roots + Latin -ficare, -fy.
(third-person singular simple present vilifies, present participle vilifying, simple past and past participle vilified)
From Latin vÄ«lificÄre, present active infinitive of vÄ«lificÅ (“villify"),