Etymology
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vilify (v.)

mid-15c., "to lower in worth or value," from Late Latin vilificare "to make cheap or base; to esteem of little value," from Latin vilis "cheap, base" (see vile) + combining form of facere "to make" (from PIE root *dhe- "to set, put"). Meaning "to slander, speak evil of" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Vilified, vilifying.

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Definitions of vilify

vilify (v.)
spread negative information about;
The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews
Synonyms: revile / vituperate / rail
From wordnet.princeton.edu