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revile

[ri-vahyl]
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verb (used with object), re·viled, re·vil·ing.
  1. to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.
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verb (used without object), re·viled, re·vil·ing.
  1. to speak abusively.
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Origin of revile

1275–1325; Middle English revilen < Middle French reviler. See re-, vile
Related formsre·vile·ment, nounre·vil·er, nounre·vil·ing·ly, adverbun·re·viled, adjectiveun·re·vil·ing, adjective

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1. abuse, vilify, vituperate, berate, disparage.
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Examples from the Web for revilement

Historical Examples

  • Its very helplessness forbade to Emily the exultation of revilement.

    The Best Short Stories of 1919

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  • Respecting words of abuse, or revilement, or insulting derision.


British Dictionary definitions for revilement

revile

verb
  1. to use abusive or scornful language against (someone or something)
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Derived Formsrevilement, nounreviler, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old French reviler, from re- + vil vile
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Word Origin and History for revilement

n.

1580s, from revile + -ment.

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revile

v.

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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