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  • WordNet 3.6
    • v vilify spread negative information about "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vilify To degrade or debase by report; to defame; to traduce; to calumniate. "Many passions dispose us to depress and vilify the merit of one rising in the esteem of mankind."
    • Vilify To make vile; to debase; to degrade; to disgrace. "When themselves they vilified To serve ungoverned appetite."
    • Vilify To treat as vile; to despise. "I do vilify your censure."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vilify To make vile; debase; degrade.
    • vilify To attempt to degrade by slander; defame; traduce; calumniate.
    • vilify To treat as worthless, vile, or of no account.
    • vilify Synonyms Asperse, Defame, Calumniate, etc. (see asperse), revile, abuse.
    • vilify To utter slander; be guilty of defamation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Vilify to make vile: to attempt to degrade by slander: to defame:—pa.t. and pa.p. vil′ifīed
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Ambition. An overmastering desire to be vilified by enemies while living and made ridiculous by friends when dead.”
  • Pierre De Beaumarchais
    Pierre De Beaumarchais
    “Vilify, Vilify, some of it will always stick.”
  • Edgar Allan Poe
    “To vilify a great man is the readiest way in which a little man can himself attain greatness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. vilis, vile + -fy,; cf. L. vilificare, to esteem of little value
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. vilis.


In literature:

I denounce you as a cowardly vilifier of an absent woman.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
They were no great workers, but they would exert themselves to the utmost to annoy or vilify the objects of their displeasure.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
Her chastity is assailed and vilified.
"Shadows of the Stage" by William Winter
Personally I must confess that I am favourably disposed towards the much vilified agents.
"Disturbed Ireland" by Bernard H. Becker
The vulgar, wherever he passed, were instigated to reproach and vilify him.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
Almost in tears now, he realized at last this was but a prelude to years of being scorned and vilified as a despised outcast.
"Man of Many Minds" by E. Everett Evans
The author is vilified, and his work is denounced, and relegated to the ragman.
"Plain Facts for Old and Young" by John Harvey Kellogg
She began to vilify the Americans most abominably.
"Ruth Fielding at the War Front" by Alice B. Emerson
The man who is anybody and who does anything is surely going to be criticized, vilified, and misunderstood.
"Story Hour Readings: Seventh Year" by E.C. Hartwell
He had even felt himself in sympathy with the atheists, when he had seen them vilified and persecuted.
"The Gods are Athirst" by Anatole France
This kind of hostility they who are vilified can afford to despise.
"Zionism and Anti-Semitism" by Max Simon Nordau
I shall not fail to let the man who befriended you know how you have vilified him.
"Tom Gerrard 1904" by Louis Becke
The people abused the soldiers, vilified them in newspapers, and insulted them in the street.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
To vilify another is foolish; to repeat it, is the function of a rogue.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
Also, she hated disapproval; it had the power to vilify her, drawing out the worst in her nature.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
Mr. Beck and Mr. Eckels are the two men designated by the "System" to attend public gatherings and vilify Thomas W. Lawson.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
On every side one hears it vilified and its very necessity called in question.
"Modern marriage and how to bear it" by Maud Churton Braby
No other race has been so vilified as the Jew.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 4" by Various
A rooster and two prancing stallions at the bottom presaged victory for the vilified Wat.
"Jap Herron" by Emily Grant Hutchings
We are led to say thus much from regard to truth, and from esteem for a great and good man, who has been basely vilified.
"Every Man his own Doctor" by R. T. Claridge

In poetry:

His speech's every syllable
Engenders for him cruel foes,
And all men, whether smart or dull,
Are quick to vilify him.
"On The Day Of Gogol's Death" by Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov
Misunderstood and vilified,
Their aims and motives scarcely known,
How many of these Saints have died,
Rejected by their own!
"Reincarnation" by John Lawson Stoddard
Although the greatest Judge, that ever was,
Shou'd clear each perj'rer that before him came;
Yet God himself will sentence on them pass,
Because they vilify'd his holy name.
"Against Swearing" by Rees Prichard

In news:

An executive vilified by Hewlett-Packard Co. On allegations of an accounting ruse is escalating his counter-attack on the company accusing him.
A vilifier of Vietnam vets taking over the Pentagon or the State Department would be astonishing.
Now it has to come to terms with an administration it has vilified.
Former attorney general Alberto Gonzales was vilified for sanctioning torture, endorsing domestic spying, playing politics with the Department of Justice, and for giving one of the most evasive testimonies in Senate history.
The food police love to vilify pancakes and waffles as nothing more than carbs and sugar, but these guilty pleasures can be nobler than that.
" They vilify those who don't make anything and use patents to sue those that do – patent "trolls" – and leave the reader wondering: how can this be, and what can be done.
He said he's tired of people vilifying pedophiles .
Lean, finely textured beef has been vilified in the media.
So vilified was he over Destiny that the emotional stress must have been unbearable.
Thank God the election is only two weeks away and finally we'll be able to stop reading letters and columns that vilify one of the candidates and make the other sound like a saint.
In the 19th century, though, she was vilified for allowing young African-American girls to attend her academy, now a historical site in Canterbury.
Actress Stacey Dash, vilified for advising voters to go with Romney for President.
WICHITA, Kansas — Charles Koch's wife says there is much endearingly quaint about the man so many now vilify.
Charles Koch's wife says there is much endearingly quaint about the man so many now vilify.
But what can a unpopular, vilified woman do for a living.