slander; say ugly things about someone
In many countries it is illegal to vilify the head of state.
vilis (cheap, base)#facere (make) (Latin)
belittle, denigrate, deride, disdain, disparage, revile, vilify
Just assume "vil (villain)+ify " who always slander or speaks evil against hero. Vilify (to speak ill of) is to make someone out to be a villain Vilify (to defame someone) is the opposite of glorify (to praise someone highly).