vilify

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Late Latin vīlificāre, present active infinitive of vīlificō (vilify),

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈvɪl.ɪ.faɪ/
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Verb[edit]

vilify (third-person singular simple present vilifies, present participle vilifying, simple past and past participle vilified)

  1. (transitive) To say defamatory things about someone or something; to speak ill of.
    Synonyms: abuse, assail, criticize, decry, denigrate, demonize, denounce, libel, revile, slander, run down; see also Thesaurus:defame
    Antonyms: glorify, praise
  2. (transitive) To belittle through speech; to put down.
    Synonyms: berate; see also Thesaurus:criticize
    Antonyms: glorify, praise

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