- to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.
- to speak abusively.
Origin of revile
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1. abuse, vilify, vituperate, berate, disparage.
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Examples from the Web for reviled
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Three-time champ Tony Stewart is reviled—and beloved—for his take-no-prisoners, borderline-unhinged attitude.Homicide or Accident in Tony Stewart’s NASCAR Scandal?
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It was once described as “the most reviled public statue ever erected” in the U.S.Weird Washington Monument History
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Barbie has always been most reviled for her unattainable beauty and oozing sexuality.Happy Bday Barbie! You're Over
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The Crown Prince is as reviled among the Thai people as the King, Rama IX, is beloved.The Real Crisis in Thailand is the Coming Royal Succession
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He reviled the Fat; the Fat, he declared, had conquered the Thin.The Fat and the Thin
He pictured to himself the whole scene; he saw her pursued, hooted at, reviled.Doctor Pascal
He was caricatured, spit at, reviled, depicted as the beast-man in Europe.Blood and Iron
John Hubert Greusel
For He must endure to be reviled and slandered, to the highest degree.
He denounced him when he talked, and he reviled him when he sang.Sir Brook Fossbrooke, Volume I.
Charles James Lever
- to use abusive or scornful language against (someone or something)
C14: from Old French reviler, from re- + vil vile
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Word Origin and History for reviled
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