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revile

[ri-vahyl] /rɪˈvaɪl/
verb (used with object), reviled, reviling.
1.
to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.
verb (used without object), reviled, reviling.
2.
to speak abusively.
Origin of revile
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English revilen < Middle French reviler. See re-, vile
Related forms
revilement, noun
reviler, noun
revilingly, adverb
unreviled, adjective
unreviling, adjective
Synonyms
1. abuse, vilify, vituperate, berate, disparage.
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Examples from the Web for reviling
Historical Examples
  • Muda Saffir arose in his prahu cursing and reviling the frightened Dyaks.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • From this passage has come abundance of reviling of the physical system.

  • Thus spoke Thersites, reviling Agamemnon, the shepherd of the people.

  • His use of "raca" and "moreh" for reviling, shows their meaning was not lost upon him.

    A Retrospect James Hudson Taylor
  • Boys and men gather around them spitting at and reviling them.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • The boys are usually very bad about reviling each other and about fighting.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • Was it possible that in that dread hour she was reviling him?

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • reviling—or pronouncing execrations and threats—is of two kinds.

    Epistle Sermons, Vol. II Martin Luther
  • Then, pursued by the reviling and hissing of the populace, she had been taken to prison.

    Complete Short Works Georg Ebers
  • Many Jews have lately been punished for reviling the gods of the Babylonians.

British Dictionary definitions for reviling

revile

/rɪˈvaɪl/
verb
1.
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 reviling

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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