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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.
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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  • 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


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



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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