What does vilify mean?

Definitions for vilifyˈvɪl əˌfaɪ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vilify.

Princeton's WordNet

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

    spread negative information about

    "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"


  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.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vilify in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vilify in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Spokesman Henrik Vinge:

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

  2. Jeffrey Salkin:

    He has taken every opportunity to vilify women, Muslims, Mexicans, immigrants and the disabled.

  3. Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton:

    We cannot, must not vilify police officers. Remember what those officers were doing when they died. They were protecting a peaceful march.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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