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revile

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verb re·vile \ri-ˈvī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of revile

  • : to speak about (someone or something) in a very critical or insulting way

Full Definition of revile

re·viledre·vil·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to subject to verbal abuse :  vituperate

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to use abusive language :  rail

re·vile·ment play \-ˈvī(-ə)l-mənt\ noun
re·vil·er noun

Examples of revile

  1. Many people reviled him for his callous behavior.



Origin of revile

Middle English, from Anglo-French reviler to despise, from re- + vil vile


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of revile

scold, upbraid, berate, rail, revile, vituperate mean to reproach angrily and abusively. scold implies rebuking in irritation or ill temper justly or unjustly <angrily scolding the children>. upbraid implies censuring on definite and usually justifiable grounds <upbraided her assistants for poor research>. berate suggests prolonged and often abusive scolding <berated continually by an overbearing boss>. rail (at or against) stresses an unrestrained berating <railed loudly at their insolence>. revile implies a scurrilous, abusive attack prompted by anger or hatred <an alleged killer reviled in the press>. vituperate suggests a violent reviling <was vituperated for betraying his friends>.



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