re·vile | \ ri-ˈvī(-ə)l \
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 \ noun
reviler noun

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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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But many Colombians see the pact as too lenient on the FARC, a group reviled for its role in drug trafficking, extortion and kidnapping. John Otis, WSJ, "Colombia Vote Offers Stark Choice," 25 May 2018 Incomprehensibly, Mr Mattarella added credence to that tale by handing the task of forming a stop-gap government to Carlo Cottarelli, a former official in the IMF, an organisation reviled by anti-establishmentarians the world over. The Economist, "Political chaos in Italy as new elections beckon," 31 May 2018 Among the bureau’s career staff, the shift was regarded as a new attack on one of the bureau’s core statutory functions, and another attempt by Mulvaney and his team to dismantle a consumer watchdog reviled by President Donald Trump. Glenn Thrush,, "Mulvaney demotes unit that polices student loans," 9 May 2018 Kaepernick has given up a career to become a symbol, reviled by millions. Chris Korman, For The Win, "Donald Trump continues to miss the point of NFL protests," 15 June 2018 That leaves Israel, which has a powerful military but little ability to build alliances with Arab countries, a legacy of its creation as a Jewish state that is still reviled in the region over the treatment of the Palestinians. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "With Demise of Nuclear Deal, Iran’s Foes See an Opportunity. Others See Risk of War.," 13 May 2018 The latter’s entrenched position in Syria is reviled by both Washington and Israel. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Russia stays in the driver’s seat in Syria," 10 July 2018 Disney has labeled itself an advocate for women before, including touting how its global workforce is comprised of more than 50 percent women, but the critically reviled, already scandalous show could threaten to sully its reputation in a big way. Fox News, "ABC slammed, accused of hypocrisy for 'cringeworthy' dating show 'The Proposal’," 25 June 2018 The young Kim is reviled as an international pariah over the 2017 murder in Malaysia of his half-brother, and the execution of hundreds of officials, including his uncle, for suspected disloyalty. Robert Birsel, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump, Kim launch historic Singapore summit with a handshake," 12 June 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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The first known use of revile was in the 14th century

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English Language Learners Definition of revile

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


re·vile | \ ri-ˈvīl \
reviled; reviling

Kids Definition of revile

: to speak to or about in an insulting way

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