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.
Recent Examples on the Web Apple In less than three years, Apple’s AirPods went from being reviled to becoming a cultural phenomenon. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "AirPods Pro don’t feel particularly “Pro”," 6 Nov. 2019 But he was often reviled for his cantankerous belligerence on and off stage, and eruptions at his bandmates hastened Cream's dissolution. cleveland, "Ginger Baker, rock drumming legend of Cream, dies at 80," 6 Oct. 2019 For Democratic activists who revile the influence of money in politics, the third quarter numbers from Sanders and Warren are powerful reminders of the influence progressives hold in the primary. Brian Slodysko, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sanders, Warren upend how Democrats raise money," 4 Oct. 2019 And that children as young as eight years old need to learn the shame and failure of their bodies, to prime them for a lifetime living in a world that reviles their shape. Your Fat Friend, SELF, "What I Learned as an 11 Year Old in Weight Watchers," 30 Sep. 2019 The public flocked to him even while reviling his airline for its poor on-time performance and, soon enough, for its safety record. New York Times, "What Really Brought Down the Boeing 737 Max?," 18 Sep. 2019 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

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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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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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