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[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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Examples for reviled
  • White reviled the press, avoided the press and took delight in pointing out its errors.
  • Both outfits were now reviled as imperialist stooges.
  • In many cities, pigeons-to take one urban animal-are reviled as flying vermin.
  • He was reviled by the authorities in his homeland, his poems were banned and much of his life was spent behind prison walls.
  • Some games are more reviled than others by the loved ones.
  • The squalid bay, then accessible only by boat, was reviled for the putrid fumes that hung overhead.
  • Meddling foreign powers and spying human-rights workers have been reviled.
  • Thus did the reviled newcomers from the north ascend to nobility.
  • The newspapers reviled their opponents with the utmost bitterness, and often with ferocious scurrility.
  • Drug companies may not yet be as reviled as tobacco firms and arms manufacturers, but they have not done well out of this fray.
British Dictionary definitions for reviled

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 reviled

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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