vilification

If one politician speaks in a strongly insulting way about another politician, that's vilification. Vilification is saying something extremely derogatory about someone in speech or writing.

When vilification is deliberate and false, it can be called libel (making a false written statement about someone) or slander (speaking that same false statement aloud). Vilification isn't always a lie, although it usually is—and sometimes vilification is used with the intention of inciting hatred of a person or group of people: "The website was shut down because of its vilification of immigrants."

Definitions of vilification
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n slanderous defamation

Synonyms:
malignment, smear
Type of:
calumniation, calumny, defamation, hatchet job, obloquy, traducement
a false accusation of an offense or a malicious misrepresentation of someone's words or actions

n a rude expression intended to offend or hurt

Synonyms:
abuse, contumely, insult, revilement
Types:
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low blow
unscrupulous abuse
billingsgate, scurrility
foul-mouthed or obscene abuse
cut, stinger
a remark capable of wounding mentally
invective, vitriol, vituperation
abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
Type of:
discourtesy, disrespect
an expression of lack of respect

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