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[ri-vahyl] /rɪˈvaɪl/
verb (used with object), reviled, reviling.
to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.
verb (used without object), reviled, reviling.
to speak abusively.
Origin of revile
1275-1325; Middle English revilen < Middle French reviler. See re-, vile
Related forms
revilement, noun
reviler, noun
revilingly, adverb
unreviled, adjective
unreviling, adjective
1. abuse, vilify, vituperate, berate, disparage. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for revile
  • They revile government, but they adore hierarchy and order.
  • Relish it or revile it, everyone agrees that the bill is historic.
  • We may revile him, rightly, for his cynicism and selfishness.
  • If that body politic doesn't openly revile him, they aren't even worthy of the moniker of reform.
  • To collaborate on its production is to promote policies you revile.
  • He frequently commanded some friar to revile him with reproachful language.
  • Even people who revile his reflexes acknowledge his charm.
  • The general public embraces these hotels as much as the architectural elite revile them.
British Dictionary definitions for revile


to use abusive or scornful language against (someone or something)
Derived Forms
revilement, noun
reviler, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French reviler, from re- + vilvile
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Word Origin and History for revile

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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