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

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.

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As another sign that Halloween is just a few months away, the service will also be adding the original The Blair Witch Project, as well as Darren Aronofsky’s celebrated — and reviled — Mother! Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in August," 2 Aug. 2018 Like their counterparts in Syria and Iraq, insurgents belonging to Afghanistan’s Islamic State group are radical Sunni Muslims who revile Shiites as apostates and believe that the entire Muslim world should be ruled by a single caliphate. Kathy Gannon, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: How strong is the Islamic State group in Afghanistan," 22 Apr. 2018 Throughout the day, various U.S. officials and Republican politicians could be seen yucking it up with the globalist elites so reviled by Trump on the campaign trail. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "‘America First’ is a hard sell in Davos," 25 Jan. 2018 In some of those cases, the government quickly swooped in to stage rallies reviling foreign companies and promising to keep their doors open. Mayela Armas And, WSJ, "Kellogg Pulls Out of Venezuela, Citing Its ‘Deterioration’," 15 May 2018 That leader could be Michael Rotondo, reviled as a slacker by older generations who taught him well. John Kass,, "30-year-old slacker evicted from parents' basement could prove doubters wrong, lead the millennials," 26 May 2018 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

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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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