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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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Examples from the Web for reviling

Historical Examples

  • Muda Saffir arose in his prahu cursing and reviling the frightened Dyaks.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • From this passage has come abundance of reviling of the physical system.

  • Thus spoke Thersites, reviling Agamemnon, the shepherd of the people.

  • His use of "raca" and "moreh" for reviling, shows their meaning was not lost upon him.

    A Retrospect

    James Hudson Taylor

  • The boys are usually very bad about reviling each other and about fighting.

    Modern Persia

    Mooshie G. Daniel

British Dictionary definitions for reviling


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

Word Origin

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



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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