[ ri-vahyl ]
See synonyms for: revilereviledreviling on

verb (used with object),re·viled, re·vil·ing.
  1. to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.

verb (used without object),re·viled, re·vil·ing.
  1. to speak abusively.

Origin of revile

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English revilen, from Middle French reviler; see re-, vile

Other words for revile

Other words from revile

  • re·vile·ment, noun
  • re·vil·er, noun
  • re·vil·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·re·vil·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use revile in a sentence

  • Then followed another column, reviling the cowardly fools, as they were termed, whom captivity had converted into fanatics.

  • It happened more than once that these faithful messengers were driven out of town, pursued with stones as well as reviling.

    Silver Chimes in Syria | W. S. Nelson
  • She made no open accusations, not she; not a harsh or reviling word crossed her lips.

    The conquest of Rome | Matilde Serao
  • “Obstinate reviles,” says the legend; and you should see Obstinate reviling.

  • He had to nip his tongue with his beak till it bled to compel himself by sheer pain to abstain from reviling his predecessor.

    Wood Magic | Richard Jefferies

British Dictionary definitions for revile


/ (rɪˈvaɪl) /

  1. to use abusive or scornful language against (someone or something)

Origin of revile

C14: from Old French reviler, from re- + vil vile

Derived forms of revile

  • revilement, noun
  • reviler, noun

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