Time to get off the high horse, I think
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past tense: vilified; past participle: vilified
speak or write about in an abusively disparaging manner.
"he has been vilified in the press"
synonyms: disparage, denigrate, defame, run down, revile, berate, belittle, abuse, insult, slight, attack, speak ill of, speak evil of, pour scorn on, cast aspersions on, criticize, censure, condemn, decry, denounce, pillory, lambaste; fulminate against, rail against, inveigh against, malign, slander, libel, conduct a smear campaign against, spread lies about, blacken the name/reputation of, sully the reputation of, give someone a bad name, bring someone into disrepute, discredit, stigmatize, traduce, calumniate, impugn; slur; informaldo down, do a hatchet job on, take to pieces, pull apart, throw mud at, drag through the mud, slate, have a go at, hit out at, jump on, lay into, tear into, knock, slam, pan, bash, hammer, roast, skewer, bad-mouth, throw brickbats at; informalrubbish, slag off, monster; informalpummel, dump on; informalbag; archaiccontemn; rarederogate, vituperate, asperse, vilipend
"the media vilified several of the election candidates"