vilification

[ vil-uh-fahy ]SEE DEFINITION OF vilification
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I was naturally the chief mark for the enemy, and was deluged with vilification.

He keeps his servility sweet by preserving it in the salt of vilification.

All this vilification is really the tribute that mediocrity pays to genius.

Daily abuse and vilification have been his portion and reward.

I must endure slander, vilification, misunderstanding, and all that.

Such ignorance, fertilized by ill will, bore the only fruit which could grow in such soil: abuse and vilification.

He could have, phrase for phrase, book for book, retorted with tenfold interest to Nietzsche's vilification of Christianity.

The vilification which was poured on Luther and his doings was so bitter as to be ludicrous.

When, as queen, she indulged these desires, she brought upon herself the abuse and vilification of her enemies.

Luther declared that the study of Aristotle is wholly useless; his vilification of that Greek philosopher knew no bounds.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "to lower in worth or value," from Late Latin vilificare "to make cheap or base," from Latin vilis "cheap, base" (see vile) + root of facere "to make" (see factitious). Meaning "to slander, speak evil of" is first recorded 1590s. Related: Vilified, vilifying.

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