Definitions for vilifyˈvɪl əˌfaɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vilify, revile, vituperate, rail(verb)

    spread negative information about

    "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"

Wiktionary

  1. vilify(Verb)

    To say defamatory things about someone or something.

  2. vilify(Verb)

    To belittle through speech; to put down.

  3. Origin: From vilificare, present active infinitive of vilifico,

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vilify(verb)

    to make vile; to debase; to degrade; to disgrace

  2. Vilify(verb)

    to degrade or debase by report; to defame; to traduce; to calumniate

  3. Vilify(verb)

    to treat as vile; to despise

  4. Origin: [L. vilis vile + -fy; cf. L. vilificare to esteem of little value.]

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Spokesman Henrik Vinge:

    We have not in any context or any way tried to vilify anyone.

  2. Elliot Peters:

    In the rush to vilify Lance, many of the other equally culpable participants have been allowed to escape scrutiny, much less sanction, and many of the anti-doping 'enforcers' have chosen to grandstand at Lance's expense rather than truly search for the truth.

  3. Michael McCaul:

    We should be careful not to vilify ‘encryption’ itself, which is essential for privacy, data security, and global commerce, but I have personally been briefed on cases where terrorists communicated in darkness and where we couldn’t shine a light, even with a lawful warrant.

  4. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull:

    This appears to have been an act of politically motivated violence, so, at this stage, it appears to have been an act of terrorism, we must not vilify or blame the entire Muslim community for the actions of what is, in truth, a very, very small percentage of violent extremist individuals.

  5. Lance Armstrong:

    I am deeply sorry for many things I have done. However, it is my hope that revealing the truth will lead to a bright, dope-free future for the sport I love, in the rush to vilify Lance, many of the other equally culpable participants have been allowed to escape scrutiny, much less sanction, and many of the anti-doping 'enforcers' have chosen to grandstand at Lance's expense rather than truly search for the truth.

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