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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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Historical Examples
  • Now give me leave to break this brigand's back, who robs and reviles in one breath.

  • He curses and reviles the saints and the souls of the departed.

  • The Archbishop's Church is, therefore, no improvement in respect of liberty or toleration, on the Paganism he reviles.

    Ingersoll in Canada Allen Pringle
  • Even in his day he reviles it as of no reputation, and this character it retains.

    Holborn and Bloomsbury Sir Walter Besant
  • To this day there is no old lag that was ever exposed to his cruelty but reviles his memory.

    An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
  • The man who then uses it becomes a fit object of contempt to him that he reviles.

  • Creusa flees to the altar, pursued by Ion who reviles her for her deed.

    Authors of Greece T. W. Lumb
  • The law is plain; it says, He who reviles the name of Brahm shall die.

  • I said to the Armenian severely, he reviles the stranger that is within his fathers gates.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • Loki reviles the gods, one after the other: at last he exchanges reproaches with Frey.

    Beowulf R. W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for reviles


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 reviles



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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