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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.
Origin of revile
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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Examples from the Web for reviling
Historical Examples
  • He was in a furious rage and reviling Bausi, who literally crouched before him, and I was in a furious rage and reviling him.

    Allan and the Holy Flower H. Rider Haggard
  • Muda Saffir arose in his prahu cursing and reviling the frightened Dyaks.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • You see, Miss Lockhart, my cousinhood with him allows me the liberty of reviling him quietly if I choose.

    Dust Julian Hawthorne
  • Thus spoke Thersites, reviling Agamemnon, the shepherd of the people.

  • Then gan he reviling / —for dire was his need— Who had thus encompassed / his death by this same faithless deed.

  • Boys and men gather around them spitting at and reviling them.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • Yet for all his reviling, he spared himself nothing so that his children might have something.

    The Chaplain of the Fleet Walter Besant and James Rice
  • The boys are usually very bad about reviling each other and about fighting.

    Modern Persia Mooshie G. Daniel
  • She had been up stairs to try to reason with the girls, but they drowned her voice with hooting and reviling.

  • Another cause of odium had been Manourie's tale of his habit of reviling the King.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
British Dictionary definitions for reviling


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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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