revile

verb re·vile \ ri-ˈvī(-ə)l \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of revile

reviled; reviling
transitive verb
: to subject to verbal abuse : vituperate
intransitive verb
: to use abusive language : rail

revilement

play \ri-ˈvī(-ə)l-mənt\ noun

reviler

noun

Examples of revile in a Sentence

  1. Many people reviled him for his callous behavior.

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Origin and Etymology of revile

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

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


REVILE Defined for English Language Learners

revile

verb

Definition of revile for English Language Learners

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


REVILE Defined for Kids

revile

verb re·vile \ ri-ˈvīl \

Definition of revile for Students

reviled; reviling
: to speak to or about in an insulting way


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