What does the word vilify mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive

  • To defame; slander.

  • Part of speech: noun

  • Vilification.

  • Part of speech: noun


Usage examples for vilify

  1. I confess I shall assent to it with great reluctance, and only on the compulsion of the clearest and firmest proofs; because their account resolves itself into this short, but discouraging proposition, " That we have a very good ministry, but that we are a very bad people"; that we set ourselves to bite the hand that feeds us; that with a malignant insanity, we oppose the measures, and ungratefully vilify the persons, of those whose sole object is our own peace and prosperity. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. I. (of 12) by Edmund Burke
  2. From this time onward until the year 1609- 10, Chapman, Roydon, and John Florio- who in the meantime had joined issue with them- continue to attack and vilify Shakespeare. – Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592 by Arthur Acheson
  3. The conduct of the criminal is not half so abhorrent as the justification is affronting to justice, whilst it tends to vilify and degrade the dignity of the Peerage and the character of the Commons of Great Britain, before the former and against the latter of which such a justification is produced in the face of the world. – The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.) by Edmund Burke