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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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  • What should induce them to revile their benefactor without provocation?'

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

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • He would set impositions of unprecedented length, and revile himself for ruining the victim's handwriting.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • She was a princess—how, then, could she pardon one who had dared to revile her?

    The Daughter of an Empress Louise Muhlbach
  • Joe raised himself, snivelling, and commenced to revile Sam.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • They curse and revile their enemies and their enemies' wives and daughters.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • They praise that which they know, they revile that which they know not.

  • Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of the people.

    Not Paul, But Jesus Jeremy Bentham
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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