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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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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


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



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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