• WordNet 3.6
    • n vilification a rude expression intended to offend or hurt "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse","they yelled insults at the visiting team"
    • n vilification slanderous defamation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vilification vĭl`ĭ*fĭ*kā"shŭn The act of vilifying or defaming; abuse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vilification The act of vilifying or defaming.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Vilification act of vilifying: defamatory speech: abuse
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. vilis.


In literature:

They had never before been confronted, however, by a concerted vilification campaign.
"Hacker Crackdown" by Bruce Sterling
The vilification which was poured on Luther and his doings was so bitter as to be ludicrous.
"History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science" by John William Draper
All of these vilifications cannot discourage us.
"Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians" by Martin Luther
He sent a peremptory summons to Mr. Wilks to attend at Equator Lodge, and the moment he set eyes upon that piece of probity embarked upon such a vilification of his personal defects and character as Mr. Wilks had never even dreamt of.
"At Sunwich Port, Complete" by W.W. Jacobs
Political discussion meant unstinted praise and unbounded vilification.
"Abraham Lincoln, Vol. I." by John T. Morse
His young wife died, heartbroken, it was believed, by the flood of hatred and vilification that poured in upon her husband.
"Queed" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
It was one of vilification.
"Jukes-Edwards" by A. E. Winship
Campaigns of vilification, corruption and false pretence have lost their usefulness.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
When, as queen, she indulged these desires, she brought upon herself the abuse and vilification of her enemies.
"Women of Modern France" by Hugo P. Thieme
So vile was their language and conduct that "comedy" came to signify abuse and vilification.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange

In news:

We will not engage in personal vilification or other abusive or discourteous conduct in negotiations.
Vilification of Bovine Growth Hormone Udderly Unwarranted.
Cold War vilifications of fat, striped-pants American plutocrats pale before the ferocious wartime animations of invading Nazi bloodsucking ghouls.
Fictitious vilification of a president.
As writers and scholars from the Islamic world we are appalled by the vilification, bookbanning and threats of physical violence against Salman Rushdie, the gifted author of Midnight's Children, Shame, and The Satanic Verses.
They have earned our solemn gratitude, not knee-jerk vilification from Neanderthals .
As a member and former chair of a department that has contributed significantly to the rise and triumph of theory in the US, I cannot let Andrew Delbanco's smug vilification of theory in the name of literature pass without comment.
Vilification of Bovine Growth Hormone Udderly Unwarranted .
All Blacks reaping reluctant praise amid vilification .
Fictitious vilification of a president.
Vilification of Bovine Growth Hormone Udderly Unwarranted.
The vilification of electric vehicles.
The subject of Chang 's lecture is "MSG and Umami," in which he addresses the vilification of monosodium glutamate head-on.
Corn-syrup producers sued on Sept 4, stating that sugar producers attempted "to vilify or perpetuate the vilification of" their product.
The two Australian DJs responsible for pranking a Kate Middleton nurse who was later found dead of an apparent suicide have been vilifed for their tragic hoax.