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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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Related Words for revilers

wench, fury, siren, hussy, bitch, hellion, carper, detractor, vixen, virago, nag, scold, battle-ax, biddy, harridan, harpy, madcap, termagant, backbiter, porcupine

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Historical Examples of revilers

  • Silent, grim, colossal, the big city has ever stood against its revilers.

    The Four Million

    O. Henry

  • His revilers have no reason for their words; he is careful that they shall have none.

  • They should be asked whether what the revilers said were true or not.

  • The revilers of war are like the revilers of thunder, storms, and volcanoes; they know not what they do.

    Amiel's Journal

    Henri-Frdric Amiel

  • With first-class contributors he got on very well, he said, but the extortioners and revilers bothered the very life out of him.

British Dictionary definitions for revilers


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

Word Origin for revile

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



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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