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Meaning of VILIFY

Pronunciation:  'vilu`fI

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  spread negative information about; "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"

VILIFY is a 6 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: rail, revile, vituperate
 See Also: abuse, blackguard, clapperclaw, shout



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.]

         When themselves they vilified To serve ungoverned
         appetite.                             --Milton.

2. To degrade or debase by report; to defame; to traduce; to
   calumniate. --I. Taylor.

         Many passions dispose us to depress and vilify the
         merit of one rising in the esteem of mankind.

3. To treat as vile; to despise. [Obs.]

         I do vilify your censure.             --Beau. & Fl.