vilify

  • 1 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

  • 2 vilify — index brand (stigmatize), condemn (blame), contemn, decry, defame, denigrate, denounce ( …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 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

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 11 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

  • 12 vilify — vilification, n. vilifier, n. vilifyingly, adv. /vil euh fuy /, v.t., vilified, vilifying. 1. to speak ill of; defame; slander. 2. Obs. to make vile. [1400 50; late ME < LL vilificare. See VILE, FY] Syn. 1. depreciate, disparage, calumniate,… …

    Universalium

  • 13 vilify — verb /ˈvɪl.ɪ.faɪ/ a) To say defamatory things about someone or something. b) To belittle through speech; to put down. Syn: assail, criticize, decry, denounce …

    Wiktionary

  • 14 vilify — Synonyms and related words: abuse, asperse, assail, attaint, bad mouth, bark at, berate, besmirch, bespatter, betongue, blacken, blackguard, blaspheme, blot, blow upon, brand, call names, calumniate, censure, curse, cuss out, damn, debase, decry …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 vilify — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. vilipend, revile, calumniate, traduce, slander, libel, defame, decry, belittle, slur. See detraction. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. defame, revile, denounce; see censure , slander . III (Roget s 3… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 16 vilify — vil|i|fy [ vılı,faı ] verb transitive FORMAL to criticize someone very strongly, especially in a way that is not fair and that damages their reputation ╾ vil|i|fi|ca|tion [ ,vılıfı keıʃn ] noun uncount …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 17 vilify —  Not ll . Defame …

    Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

  • 18 vilify — [[t]vɪ̱lɪfaɪ[/t]] vilifies, vilifying, vilified VERB If you are vilified by someone, they say or write very unpleasant things about you, so that people will have a low opinion of you. [FORMAL] [be V ed for ing/n] The agency has been vilified by… …

    English dictionary

  • 19 vilify — vil·i·fy || vɪlɪfaɪ v. slander, defame …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 20 vilify — [ vɪlɪfʌɪ] verb (vilifies, vilifying, vilified) speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner. Derivatives vilification fɪ keɪʃ(ə)n noun vilifier noun Origin ME (in the sense lower in value ): from late L …

    English new terms dictionary