Vilify – meaning of the word and examples

To say or write unpleasant things about someone or something in order to cause other people to have a bad opinion of them. (Cambridge Dictionary)

To utter slanderous and abusive statements against: Defame. (Merriam – Webster)

To lower in estimation or importance. (Merriam – Webster)

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. (Collins Dictionary)

Speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner. (Oxford Dictionaries)

To speak ill of; defame; slander. (


Modify my views on guns, or vilify traumatised teens? I have chosen the latter.

Pale, stale males are the last group it’s OK to vilify.

How Amanda Knox is tackling ‘society’s impulse to vilify women and female sexuality.


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