verb (used with object), re·viled, re·vil·ing.
to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.
verb (used without object), re·viled, re·vil·ing.
Origin of revile
1275–1325; Middle English revilenRelated formsre·vile·ment, nounre·vil·er, nounre·vil·ing·ly, adverbun·re·viled, adjectiveun·re·vil·ing, adjective
< Middle French reviler.
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Related Words for revilerwench
Examples from the Web for reviler
Historical Examples of reviler
There shall she lie also, the scoffer and reviler, the worker of evil.
But the scoffer and the reviler is after all not our philosopher's favorite rle.
The reviler of the gods shall be cared for, he said to himself.
If then a man listens like a stone, what profit is there to the reviler?
Swift he quoted with admirable effect, but it was Swift the reviler, not Swift the jester.
British Dictionary definitions for reviler
Derived Formsrevilement, nounreviler, noun
to use abusive or scornful language against (someone or something)
Word Origin for revile
C14: from Old French reviler, from re- + vil vile
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Word Origin and History for reviler
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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