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revile

[ri-vahyl] /rɪˈvaɪl/
verb (used with object), reviled, reviling.
1.
to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively.
verb (used without object), reviled, reviling.
2.
to speak abusively.
Origin of revile
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English revilen < Middle French reviler. See re-, vile
Related forms
revilement, noun
reviler, noun
revilingly, adverb
unreviled, adjective
unreviling, adjective
Synonyms
1. abuse, vilify, vituperate, berate, disparage.
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  • What should induce them to revile their benefactor without provocation?'

  • It recalled the features of the sexton, and seemed to mock her—to revile her.

    Rookwood William Harrison Ainsworth
  • He would set impositions of unprecedented length, and revile himself for ruining the victim's handwriting.

    Sinister Street, vol. 1 Compton Mackenzie
  • She was a princess—how, then, could she pardon one who had dared to revile her?

    The Daughter of an Empress Louise Muhlbach
  • Joe raised himself, snivelling, and commenced to revile Sam.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • They curse and revile their enemies and their enemies' wives and daughters.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • They praise that which they know, they revile that which they know not.

  • Thou shalt not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of the people.

    Not Paul, But Jesus Jeremy Bentham
British Dictionary definitions for revile

revile

/rɪˈvaɪl/
verb
1.
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
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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