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Definition of vilify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

vilify

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈvɪlɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪlɪfaɪ//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they vilify
BrE BrE//ˈvɪlɪfaɪ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪlɪfaɪ//
 
he / she / it vilifies
BrE BrE//ˈvɪlɪfaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪlɪfaɪz//
 
past simple vilified
BrE BrE//ˈvɪlɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪlɪfaɪd//
 
past participle vilified
BrE BrE//ˈvɪlɪfaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪlɪfaɪd//
 
-ing form vilifying
BrE BrE//ˈvɪlɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈvɪlɪfaɪɪŋ//
 
 
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vilify somebody/something (as something) | vilify somebody/something (for something/for doing something) (formal) to say or write unpleasant things about somebody/something so that other people will have a low opinion of them synonym malign, revile Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘lower in value’): from late Latin vilificare, from Latin vilis ‘of low value’.Extra examples A campaign was mounted to vilify the leaders of the organization. She has been vilified and misunderstood by her community. They were vilified by the press as ‘international terrorists’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: vilify