index brand (stigmatize), condemn (blame), contemn, decry, defame, denigrate, denounce (condemn), derogate, discommend, dishonor (deprive of honor), disparage, humiliate, inveigh, lash (attack verbally), lessen, libel, malign, pillory, reprimand, reproach, smear, sully, tarnish

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  • Vilify — Vil i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vilified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vilifying}.] [L. vilis vile + fly; cf. L. vilificare to esteem of little value.] 1. To make vile; to debase; to degrade; to disgrace. [R.] [1913 Webster] When themselves they vilified To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vilify — mid 15c., to lower in worth or value, from L.L. vilificare to make cheap or base, from L. vilis cheap, base (see VILE (Cf. vile)) + root of facere to make (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Meaning to slander, speak evil of is first recorded… …   Etymology dictionary

  • vilify — *malign, traduce, asperse, calumniate, defame, slander, libel Analogous words: *abuse, outrage, mistreat, misuse: assail, *attack: revile, vituperate, berate (see SCOLD) Antonyms: eulogize …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • vilify — [v] criticize very harshly abuse, asperse, assail, attack, bad mouth*, berate, blister, call down*, caluminate, censure, curse, cuss*, damn, debase, decry, defame, denigrate, denounce, dig*, disparage, dress down*, dump on*, give a black eye*,… …   New thesaurus

  • vilify — ► VERB (vilifies, vilified) ▪ speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner. DERIVATIVES vilification noun. ORIGIN Latin vilificare, from vilis cheap, base …   English terms dictionary

  • vilify — [vil′ə fī΄] vt. vilified, vilifying [LL(Ec) vilificare: see VILE & FY] to use abusive or slanderous language about or of; calumniate; revile; defame vilification n. vilifier n …   English World dictionary

  • vilify — UK [ˈvɪlɪfaɪ] / US [ˈvɪlɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive] Word forms vilify : present tense I/you/we/they vilify he/she/it vilifies present participle vilifying past tense vilified past participle vilified formal to criticize someone very strongly,… …   English dictionary

  • vilify — vil|i|fy [ˈvılıfaı] v past tense and past participle vilified present participle vilifying third person singular vilifies [T] [Date: 1400 1500; : Late Latin; Origin: vilificare to make less valuable , from Latin vilis ( VILE) + facere to make ]… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • vilify — /ˈvɪləfaɪ / (say viluhfuy) verb (t) (vilified, vilifying) 1. to speak evil of; defame; traduce: *Existing standards say radio and television broadcasts must not incite hatred or vilify a group on the grounds of race and other factors. –west… …  

  • vilify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English vilifien, from Late Latin vilificare, from Latin vilis cheap, vile Date: 15th century 1. to lower in estimation or importance 2. to utter slanderous and abusive statements against ; defame… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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