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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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Examples for reviling
  • He was hardly alone in reviling them for undermining the beauty and purity of the silent film.
  • Behind the village they erect a pyre, on which they burn the straw figure, reviling and scoffing at it the while.
British Dictionary definitions for reviling

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 reviling
revile
c.1300, from O.Fr. reviler "consider vile, despise," from re-, intensive prefix, + vil (see vile).
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