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vilify

verb [T] uk   /ˈvɪl.ɪ.faɪ/ formal us  
to say or write unpleasant things about someone or something, in order to cause other people to have a bad opinion of them: He was vilified by the press as a monster.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
vilification
noun [U] uk   /ˌvɪl.ɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us  
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