from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To make vicious and defamatory statements about. See Synonyms at malign.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To say defamatory things about someone or something.
- v. To belittle through speech; to put down.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To make vile; to debase; to degrade; to disgrace.
- transitive v. To degrade or debase by report; to defame; to traduce; to calumniate.
- transitive v. To treat as vile; to despise.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To make vile; debase; degrade.
- To attempt to degrade by slander; defame; traduce; calumniate.
- To treat as worthless, vile, or of no account.
- Synonyms Asperse, Defame, Calumniate, etc. (see asperse), revile, abuse.
- To utter slander; be guilty of defamation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. spread negative information about
Middle English vilifien, from Late Latin vīlificāre, to hold cheap : Latin vīlis, cheap; + Latin -ficāre, -fy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vīlificāre, present active infinitive of vīlificō ("villify"), (Wiktionary)