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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

Synonyms for revile

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Related Words for reviles

vilify, denounce, chide, berate, criticize, castigate, scorn, disparage, ream, reprobate, reproach, denigrate, vituperate, blame, admonish, abuse, lambaste, reprimand, censure, lecture

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Historical Examples of reviles

  • He curses and reviles the saints and the souls of the departed.

    Peter the Priest

    Mr Jkai

  • 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.

  • Loki reviles the gods, one after the other: at last he exchanges reproaches with Frey.


    R. W. Chambers

British Dictionary definitions for reviles


  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 reviles



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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