Vilify definition

vĭlə-fī
To attack the reputation of (a person or thing) with strong or abusive criticism.
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To use abusive or slanderous language about or of; calumniate; revile; defame.
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To belittle through speech; to put down.
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Vilify is defined as to make a comment about a person that makes him look bad.

An example of to vilify is to tell a story about a man which makes him sound like a thief.

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To say defamatory things about someone or something.
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Origin of vilify

  • Middle English vilifien from Late Latin vīlificāre to hold cheap Latin vīlis cheap wes-3 in Indo-European roots Latin -ficāre -fy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin vÄ«lificāre, present active infinitive of vÄ«lificō (“villify"),

    From Wiktionary