Answer: defame, use abusive language
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Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense 'lower in value'): from late Latin vilificare from Latin vilis 'of low value' (see vile).
Scrabble Points: 15
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Vilify came to English by way of the Middle English vilifien and the Late Latin vilificare from the Latin adjective vilis meaning "cheap" or "vile." It first appeared in English in the 15th century. Also debuting during that time was another verb that derives from vilis and has a similar meaning: vilipend.
Some common synonyms of vilify are asperse calumniate defame malign slander and traduce. While all these words mean "to injure by speaking ill of " vilify implies attempting to destroy a reputation by open and direct abuse. no criminal was more vilified in the press Where would asperse be a reasonable alternative to vilify?
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verb malign abuse denigrate knock (informal) rubbish (informal) run down smear slag (off) (slang) berate disparage decry revile slander dump on (slang chiefly U.S.) debase defame bad-mouth (slang chiefly U.S. & Canad.) traduce speak ill of pull to pieces (informal) calumniate vituperate ...