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 revile (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.
Recent Examples on the Web Biden, on the cusp of picking his own attorney general, purports to revile the way Trump has laid waste to the Justice Department's independence. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | OTHERS SAY: Joe Biden's turn," 14 Dec. 2020 His supporters adore him, and his opponents revile him. Peter Baker An, Star Tribune, "Win or lose, Trump will remain a powerful and disruptive force," 4 Nov. 2020 Critics continue to revile the criminal justice system as incapable of fairly representing people of color and the underserved — and Black women in general. Dallas News, "Long seen as a rising star for GOP, Kentucky AG now faces heat for handling of Breonna Taylor case," 6 Oct. 2020 People kind of revile him, but everybody knows him. Cecilia D'anastasio, Wired, "Dungeons & Dragons TikTok Is Gen Z at Its Most Wholesome," 3 Sep. 2020 Twenty years later, she was reviled for the same decision and called an enabler. Elizabeth Toohey, The Christian Science Monitor, "What if Hillary had never married Bill? ‘Rodham’ answers that question.," 18 May 2020 The statue to Marshal Ivan Konev, who led Red Army forces during World War II that drove Nazi troops from Czechoslovakia, was reviled by some in Prague as a symbol of the decades of Communist rule that followed. Washington Post, "World Digest: April 10, 2020," 10 Apr. 2020 Gamal Mubarak, in particular, was reviled more widely than his father during the last years of Mr. Mubarak’s reign. New York Times, "Egyptian Court Acquits Mubarak’s Sons of Illicit Share Trading," 22 Feb. 2020 But management has trampled over the players in the public-relations war, so much so that fans are typically inclined to side with the team in situations like this, even when the team has owners as reviled as the Spanos family. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Holdout is a battle the Chargers’ Melvin Gordon can’t win; just hope he finds peace," 15 Aug. 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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“Revile.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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