Definitions for vilifyˈvɪl əˌfaɪ
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
vil•i•fyˈvɪl əˌfaɪ(v.t.)-fied, -fy•ing.
to speak ill of; defame; slander.
Obs. to make vile.
Origin of vilify:
1400–50; late ME < LL vīlificāre. See vile , -fy
vilify, revile, vituperate, rail(verb)
spread negative information about
"The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"
To say defamatory things about someone or something.
To belittle through speech; to put down.
Origin: From vilificare, present active infinitive of vilifico,
to make vile; to debase; to degrade; to disgrace
to degrade or debase by report; to defame; to traduce; to calumniate
to treat as vile; to despise