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Date: 1400-1500
Language: Late Latin
Origin: vilificare 'to make less valuable', from Latin vilis ( VILE) + facere 'to make'

vilify

verb
     
vil‧i‧fy past tense and past participle vilified, present participle vilifying, third person singular vilifies [transitive]
formal to say or write bad things about someone or something
vilify somebody/something for (doing) something
Johnson was vilified in the press for refusing to resign.
vilification noun [uncountable]

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