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- v. Alternative spelling of villainize.
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On the other hand, perhaps to a distinct degree, such description can be justified but of course I reject it in nearly all cases that such words are used to villainise predators, especially when this leads to increasing killings and antipathy for this species.
By elevating him from his position as one fighter among a mass of conflicting groups, the US campaign to "villainise Zarqawi" glamorised him with its enemy audience, making it easier for him to raise funds, to attract "unsponsored" foreign fighters, to make alliances with Sunni Iraqis and to score huge impact with his own media manoeuvres.