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English definition of “vilify”

vilify

verb [T]     /ˈvɪl.ɪ.faɪ/ formal
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     /ˌvɪl.ɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ noun [U]
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