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

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web He was reviled by many Labour lawmakers for supporting policies like the nationalization of industry and higher taxes, which the party had moved away from in the 1990s. Time, "Britain's Youngest Lawmaker Wants a Different Kind of Politics," 30 Dec. 2019 Good actors are in bad movies all the time, though admittedly, few have a body of work so largely reviled by critics as Sandler. Tyler Aquilina,, "Adam Sandler’s classic comedies prove he’s a great dramatic actor: Opinion," 29 Dec. 2019 Koch and Kennedy families alike, along with other coastal residents, reviled Cape Wind as a potential bird-killing eyesore in their ocean views. San Diego Union-Tribune, "President’s windmill hatred is a worry for booming industry," 30 Sep. 2019 Beijing, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, reviles Tsai due to her party’s independence-leaning stance. Isabella Steger, Quartz, "Hong Kongers hungry for democracy are traveling to Taiwan’s elections for a taste of it," 10 Jan. 2020 This was the Jones capable of being both reviled and beloved—something that those who negotiate with the Cowboys insist is mostly just ol’ boy media bluster from a person who would rather do every deal with a handshake. Conor Orr,, "What Are the Cowboys Worth to Dak?," 18 Sep. 2019 Nine years after the launch of the game streaming platform Twitch, the content hardcore gamers most vocally reviled has officially become its most watched: just talking. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Twitch's Non-Gamers Are Finally Having Their Moment," 9 Jan. 2020 Time to give more head space to those who revile him, and their reasons why. Paul Daugherty,, "Doc's Morning Line: I usually don't do resolutions, but here's one for sports in 2020," 2 Jan. 2020 Over generations, most of us went on to view this vicious cycle as some magnificent tradition, teaching our children to revile our own heroes. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 30 Dec. 2019

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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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10 Feb 2020

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“Revile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of revile

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


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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