(transitive) To represent as a villain.
(transitive) To say defamatory things about someone or something; to speak ill of.
(transitive) To belittle through speech; to put down.
To make vile; to debase; to degrade; to disgrace.
‘When themselves they vilifiedTo serve ungoverned appetite.’;
To degrade or debase by report; to defame; to traduce; to calumniate.
‘Many passions dispose us to depress and vilify the merit of one rising in the esteem of mankind.’;
To treat as vile; to despise.
‘I do vilify your censure.’;
spread negative information about;
‘The Nazi propaganda vilified the Jews’;
speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner
‘he has been vilified in the press’;