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 Such a move—indeed, any discussion of it even—would be reviled abroad, including by Israel’s allies. The Economist, "Will Binyamin Netanyahu’s vow to annex part of the West Bank work?," 12 Sep. 2019 But was reviled in later years as the economy collapsed and human rights violations increased. Farai Mutsaka And Christopher Torchia,, "Robert Mugabe dies at 95: He overthrew white minority rule in Rhodesia, then turned into Zimbabwe’s autocrat," 6 Sep. 2019 Trump’s strategy depends on maximizing the energy of his base against a loathsome enemy, a task made more difficult when the opponent is not so completely reviled as was Hillary Clinton. Gary Abernathy, Twin Cities, "Gary Abernathy: No one makes Trump as unsteady as Kamala Harris does," 7 July 2019 But he was reviled in later years as the economy collapsed and human rights violations increased. Author: Farai Mutsaka, Christopher Torchia, Anchorage Daily News, "Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwean revolutionary who helped liberate and destroy his country, dies at 95," 6 Sep. 2019 Long reviled by the real estate industry, rent stabilization laws are now being considered in jurisdictions throughout the United States. Brian Goldstone, The New Republic, "The New American Homeless," 21 Aug. 2019 But there was Chase Koch, scion of one of America’s mightiest private industrial dynasties — a family revered by the political right, reviled by the left and feared by just about everyone — joking about his knockabout years down in Texas. Tom Maloneybloomberg, Los Angeles Times, "Koch Industries bets on tech: ‘Do it or we’ll end up in the Dumpster’," 19 Aug. 2019 Revered by some, reviled by others, Lee Iacocca was a force to be reckoned with, both publicly and privately. Charlotte W. Craig, Detroit Free Press, "Lee Iacocca dies: Father of Mustang, rescuer of Chrysler was 94," 2 July 2019 So began a period of contrasting trajectories for Dr. Lewis that played out over decades and, in many ways, forged his dual images as either revered or reviled. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, "Bernard Lewis, eminent historian of the Middle East, dies at 101," 19 May 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

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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