revile

[ri-vahyl]

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.

to speak abusively.

Nearby words

  1. revetment,
  2. review,
  3. review copy,
  4. reviewal,
  5. reviewer,
  6. revilement,
  7. revillagigedo islands,
  8. revisal,
  9. revise,
  10. revised

Origin of revile

1275–1325; Middle English revilen < Middle French reviler. See re-, vile

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British Dictionary definitions for reviling

revile

verb

to use abusive or scornful language against (someone or something)
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 reviling

revile

v.

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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