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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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  • Though she knew nothing of Henry Marten she reviled his memory.

    Cynthia's Chauffeur Louis Tracy
  • For the English are reviled for their imperialism because they are not imperialistic.

    What I Saw in America G. K. Chesterton
  • But,” she said sweetly—“suppose it meant another to be despised, reviled, made infamous.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • I said; for I was thinking of One who, "when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not."

    Daisy Elizabeth Wetherell
  • “And they that were crucified with him reviled him” (Mark xv, 32).

    The Bible John E. Remsburg
British Dictionary definitions for reviled


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 reviled



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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