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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
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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  • They revile government, but they adore hierarchy and order.
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  • 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

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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