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vilify
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition spread negative information about
  • Here the pale clergyman piled up his library, rich with parchment-bound folios of the Fathers, and the lore of Rabbis, and monkish erudition, of which the Protestant divines, even while they vilified and decried that class of writers, were yet constrained often to avail themselves.
    Chapter 9 -- The Leech (81% in)

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