Definition of vilification in US English:



  • Abusively disparaging speech or writing.

    ‘the widespread vilification of politicians’
    • ‘For this disinterested behaviour their reward has been a campaign of vilification and innuendo which has left both of them feeling angry and betrayed.’
    • ‘But on the face of it, the content of the books did not appear to constitute racial vilification or incitement to violence, he said.’
    • ‘I have gone through financial ruin, personal vilification, the distress and dismay of my family.’
    • ‘He has faced public humiliation and vilification with the same equanimity that he received public acknowledgement and praise.’
    • ‘This campaign of vilification has had two main sources.’
    • ‘No exaggeration or vilification directed their way is too outrageous for consideration.’
    condemnation, criticism, censure, castigation, denunciation, vituperation, abuse, flak, defamation, denigration, disparagement, obloquy, opprobrium, derogation, slander, revilement, reviling, calumny, calumniation, execration, excoriation, lambasting, upbraiding, a bad press, character assassination, attack, invective, libel, insults, aspersions
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