Definition of vilipend in English:


transitive verb

[with object] archaic
  • 1Regard as worthless or of little value; despise.

    ‘Mr. Donovan, though he never refused Mr. Wigan's hospitality, balanced the account by vilipending his friend's extravagant habits.’
    • ‘As a women's movement pioneer, Susan B. Anthony fought against the dictums of those who would vilipend women by treating them as second-class citizens.’
    • ‘Remember when the Washington Post was vilipended and qualified as a gossip column when it published the first article about the Watergate?’
    • ‘Thou dancest in white vestures, and I God am mocked and vilipended, and in the house of Herod had received a white vesture.’
    • ‘Halsall. she asserts, will not return any answer, and although she is only in private lodgings she is continually being thwarted and vilipended by Carney, ‘whose tongue needs clipping’.’
    • ‘No individual hero is celebrated in The Four Days, no single villain vilipended.’
    • ‘God knows there are people out there that need to be vilipended.’
    • ‘At Trinity Hall, the thirteenth day of October, 1704, in presence of John Findlay, deacon, compeared John Watson, John Youngson, William Pirie, John Kempt, Patrick Gray, John Mair, and George Gray, and submitted themselves to the court of the Wright and Coupar Trade for their abuse therein in contravening and vilipending the deacon and other mis-demeanours.’
  • 2Speak slightingly or abusively of; vilify.

    ‘You will get nothing but praise for your book, and I shall be vilipended for mine.’
    • ‘This message is to update you all how I'm holding up under the scurrilous, calumnious and vilipending charges against me.’
    • ‘In addition negative stereotyping is omnipresent in the public eye through stage theatrical presentations ridiculing or vilipending these characters.’
    • ‘However, the term baroque was also used by those that vilipended the film, as synonymous of extravagant, pretentious or pompous, thus perpetuating the ambiguous nature of the term.’
    • ‘Moreover, he despised and vilipended them as an inferior and conquered race, who, by Akbar's innovating policy had been allowed to usurp a position of political and social equality with their natural masters, which was equally inappropriate and undesirable.’



/ˈviləˌpend/ /ˈvɪləˌpɛnd/