revile

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verb re·vile \ri-ˈvī(-ə)l\

Definition of revile

reviled

;

reviling

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to subject to verbal abuse :  vituperate

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to use abusive language :  rail

revilement

play \-ˈvī(-ə)l-mənt\ noun

reviler

noun

Examples of revile in a sentence

  1. Many people reviled him for his callous behavior.

Origin and Etymology of revile

Middle English, from Anglo-French reviler to despise, from re- + vil vile


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of 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.


REVILE Defined for English Language Learners

revile

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verb re·vile \ri-ˈvī(-ə)l\

Definition of revile for English Language Learners

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


REVILE Defined for Kids

revile

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verb re·vile \ri-ˈvīl\

Definition of revile for Students

reviled

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reviling

  1. :  to speak to or about in an insulting way



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