revile

verb
re·​vile | \ ri-ˈvī(-ə)l How to pronounce revile (audio) \
reviled; reviling

Definition of revile

transitive verb

: to subject to verbal abuse : vituperate

intransitive verb

: to use abusive language : rail

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Other Words from revile

revilement \ ri-​ˈvī(-​ə)l-​mənt How to pronounce revilement (audio) \ noun
reviler noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of revile in a Sentence

Many people reviled him for his callous behavior.

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The scenario sounds familiar: Democrats, facing a Republican presidential candidate widely reviled among the party’s rank-and-file, nominate a seemingly safe establishment figure to keep their hold on the White House. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, "Do Democrats Hear Echoes of 1972 Today?," 11 Mar. 2019 The Marine Corps quickly made fun of the attempt at cool, and the campaign came to be reviled in the Army as well. Dave Philipps, The Seattle Times, "The Army, in need of recruits, turns focus to Seattle, other liberal-leaning cities," 2 Jan. 2019 Even today, no animal in North America is at once more loved and reviled than Canis lupus, the gray wolf. New York Times, "Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf Scientist?," 5 July 2018 Marshal Pétain is now reviled in France for leading the authoritarian Vichy regime while Nazi forces occupied the country during World War II, committing atrocities that included rounding up French Jews for death camps. Stacy Meichtry, WSJ, "Praise for Reviled Vichy Leader Lands France’s Macron in Hot Water—Again," 7 Nov. 2018 The septuagenarian now controls Libya’s eastern half, lionized by those who support his vanquishing of Islamist insurgents and reviled by those who have documented the use of torture, extrajudicial killing and disappearances by his forces. Jared Malsin, WSJ, "Libyan Warlord Embraced by Foreign Leaders as a Key to Peace," 3 Dec. 2018 The extremely charismatic Democrat Beto O’Rourke, who many people feel could be a presidential contender in 2020, is running for Senate against Ted Cruz, a guy reviled even by his fellow Republicans. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Midterm Elections Are Almost Here—What You Need to Know Now," 5 Nov. 2018 The extremist group is widely reviled, even in Iraq's Sunni heartland. Fox News, "Iraqi vote offers chance to chart post-IS future," 8 May 2018 Approval for the president and parliament are low, and many distrust the motives of political leaders and law enforcers in Ukraine who are widely reviled as corrupt and ineffective. James Marson, WSJ, "Soldier, Patriot, Hero, Traitor? The Strange Saga of Nadiya Savchenko," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of revile

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for revile

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

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revile

verb

English Language Learners Definition of revile

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

revile

verb
re·​vile | \ ri-ˈvīl How to pronounce revile (audio) \
reviled; reviling

Kids Definition of revile

: to speak to or about in an insulting way

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