An example of to vilify is to tell a story about a man which makes him sound like a thief.
transitive verb-·fied·, -·fy·ing
Origin of vilifyEcclesiastical Late Latin vilificare: see vile and -fy
transitive verbvil·i·fied, vil·i·fy·ing, vil·i·fies
Origin of vilifyMiddle English vilifien from Late Latin vīlificāre to hold cheap Latin vīlis cheap ; see wes-3 in Indo-European roots.Latin -ficāre -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"),