- to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.
- to speak abusively.
Origin of revile
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1. abuse, vilify, vituperate, berate, disparage.
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Examples from the Web for reviles
He curses and reviles the saints and the souls of the departed.Peter the Priest
Even in his day he reviles it as of no reputation, and this character it retains.Holborn and Bloomsbury
Sir Walter Besant
The man who then uses it becomes a fit object of contempt to him that he reviles.
The law is plain; it says, He who reviles the name of Brahm shall die.The Aquarian Gospel of Jesus the Christ
Levi H. Dowling
Loki reviles the gods, one after the other: at last he exchanges reproaches with Frey.Beowulf
R. W. Chambers
- to use abusive or scornful language against (someone or something)
C14: from Old French reviler, from re- + vil vile
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Word Origin and History for reviles
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