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[ri-vahyl] /rɪˈvaɪl/
verb (used with object), reviled, reviling.
to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.
verb (used without object), reviled, reviling.
to speak abusively.
Origin of revile
1275-1325; Middle English revilen < Middle French reviler. See re-, vile
Related forms
revilement, noun
reviler, noun
revilingly, adverb
unreviled, adjective
unreviling, adjective
1. abuse, vilify, vituperate, berate, disparage. Unabridged
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  • We revile them for it and proceed to make moral monsters of our own children.

  • Nay, I will say no ill of the man; to revile one more fortunate is poor argument.

    Fair Margaret H. Rider Haggard
  • But we are bound not to revile him, as he in sober truth never reviled us.

    The Arena Various
  • To Achilles and Ulysses he was particularly hostile, for these two he used to revile.

  • Thinking that he was some suppliant, he began to revile him and order him to be gone.

    Morning Star H. Rider Haggard
  • Joe raised himself, snivelling, and commenced to revile Sam.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • It recalled the features of the sexton, and seemed to mock her—to revile her.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • What should induce them to revile their benefactor without provocation?'

British Dictionary definitions for revile


to use abusive or scornful language against (someone or something)
Derived Forms
revilement, noun
reviler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French reviler, from re- + vilvile
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Word Origin and History for revile

c.1300, from Old French reviler "consider vile, despise, scorn," from re-, intensive prefix (see re-), + aviler "make vile or cheap, disesteem," from vil (see vile). Related: Reviled; reviling.

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