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Synonyms for vilify
ˈvɪl əˌfaɪ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. vilify, revile, vituperate, rail(verb)

    spread negative information about

    "The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews"

    Synonyms:
    fulminate, rail, train, vituperate, revile, rail off, inveigh, rail in

Wiktionary

  1. vilify(verb)

    To say defamatory things about someone or something.

    Synonyms:
    slander, assail, denounce, libel, criticize, decry

  2. vilify(verb)

    To belittle through speech; to put down.

    Synonyms:
    decry, assail, criticize, slander, denounce, libel

  3. vilify(verb)

    Synonyms:
    berate

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. vilify

    Abuse covers all unreasonable or improper use or treatment by word or act. A tenant does not abuse rented property by "reasonable wear," though that may damage the property and injure its sale; he may abuse it by needless defacement or neglect. It is possible to abuse a man without harming him, as when the criminal vituperates the judge; or to harm a man without abusing him, as when the witness tells the truth about the criminal. Defame, malign, rail at, revile, slander, vilify, and vituperate are used always in a bad sense. One may be justly reproached. To impose on or to victimize one is to injure him by abusing his confidence. To persecute one is to ill-treat him for opinion's sake, commonly for religious belief; to oppress is generally for political or pecuniary motives. "Thou shalt not oppress an hired servant that is poor and needy," Deut. xxiv, 14. Misemploy, misuse, and pervert are commonly applied to objects rather than to persons. A dissolute youth misemploys his time, misuses his money and opportunities, harms his associates, perverts his talents, wrongs his parents, ruins himself, abuses every good gift of God.

    Synonyms:
    abuse, aggrieve, damage, defame, defile, disparage, harm, ill-treat, ill-use, impose on, impose upon, injure, malign, maltreat, misemploy, misuse, molest, oppress, persecute, pervert, prostitute, rail at, ravish, reproach, revile, ruin, slander, victimize, violate, vituperate, wrong

    Antonyms:
    applaud, benefit, care for, cherish, conserve, consider, eulogize, extol, favor, laud, panegyrize, praise, protect, regard, respect, shield, sustain, tend, uphold, vindicate

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. vilify

    Synonyms:
    debase, degrade, spoil, deteriorate, mar, defame, traduce, asperse, stigmatize, slander, upbraid, abuse, decry, cheapen

    Antonyms:
    purify, refine, exalt, raise, improve, enhance, eulogize, praise, laud, panegyrize, commend

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. vilify(v. a.)

    Synonyms:
    defame, traduce, revile, asperse, calumniate, scandalize, malign, reproach, abuse, blacken, blemish, slur, vituperate, backbite, lampoon, disparage, upbraid, berate, run down, speak ill of, accuse falsely, damn with faint praise

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. vilify(v)

    Synonyms:
    malign, revile, vituperate, traduce, calumniate

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    demonize, denigrate, defame

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How to use vilify in a sentence?

  1. Michael Cohen:

    I don't agree with those who demonize or vilify the FBI. I respect the FBI as an institution, as well as their agents, when they searched my hotel room and my home, it was obviously upsetting to me and my family. Nonetheless, the agents were respectful, courteous and professional. I thanked them for their service and as they left, we shook hands.

  2. Spokesman Henrik Vinge:

    We have not in any context or any way tried to vilify anyone.

  3. John Swinton:

    There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.

  4. Elliot Peters:

    In the rush to vilify Lance, many of the other equally culpable participants have been allowed to escape scrutiny, much less sanction, and many of the anti-doping 'enforcers' have chosen to grandstand at Lance's expense rather than truly search for the truth.

  5. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull:

    This appears to have been an act of politically motivated violence, so, at this stage, it appears to have been an act of terrorism, we must not vilify or blame the entire Muslim community for the actions of what is, in truth, a very, very small percentage of violent extremist individuals.


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