- to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.
- to speak abusively.
Origin of revile
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Related Wordslibel, scolding, railing, censure, blame, slander, abuse, reprimand, reproach, berating, billingsgate, castigation, contumely, criticism, defamation, invective, obloquy, revilement, scurrility
Examples from the Web for reviling
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
- 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 reviling
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