Definitions

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  • v. To represent as a villain.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To debase; degrade; defame; revile; calumniate.

Etymologies

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From villain +‎ -ize.

Examples

  • These proposed changes come from an administration that loves to "villainize" the wealthy in this country.

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  • Karen Ignagni, president of the insurers 'trade group, expressed regret that Obama in recent weeks decided to "villainize" her industry for premium increases necessitated by rising medical costs, which she said the legislation mostly fails to address.

    Federal Times

  • As Dr. Zuhur writes, Western media reporting of Hamas tends to "villainize" the group, reducing it to "its early, now defunct, 1988 charter".

    The Heathlander

  • I am not going to villainize the consumer for the mess we have now.

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  • There are serious problems with our education system today--with the way that schools and school districts and students and parents take teachers who enter the education field full of life and hope and a desire to change the world and positively impact kids, and beat the life out of them and villainize them and blame them for everything--and those need to be brought to light.

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  • Another example is Walmart who is easy to villainize and at times has without zero doubt deserved it but nevertheless the monster conglomerate has incorporated social responsibility in a way that has made every big box retailer pay attention.

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  • Anita Mangels, a spokeswoman for the Yes on 23 campaign, called Maviglio's prediction nonsense and said opponents were trying to "villainize supporters instead of focusing on what the initiative will and will not do."

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  • Harry Reid, in his efforts to villainize Republicans condemns them for opposing most of the major civil rights breakthroughs of the past couple hundred years, even though it was Republicans who pushed them through against Democratic opposition.

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  • The goal, Mr. Minkow wrote, was to "rightfully villainize Lennar" to push Lennar into a lucrative settlement with Mr. Marsch.

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  • "If you want to villainize the military, you're looking at it in the face right now," he said, before acknowledging that many of the anti-military signs being held aloft by audience members expressed arguments that had some degree of merit though not, he said, in the context of ROTC.

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