Definition of revile in English:

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Pronunciation: /rɪˈvʌɪl/


[with object]
Criticize in an abusive or angrily insulting manner: he was now reviled by the party that he had helped to lead
More example sentences
  • Adored by their fans and reviled by their critics, not since Stryper has a band with such big hair been so close to heaven and hell.
  • In the course of that bitter conflict, Lincoln had been reviled and attacked without mercy.
  • They too were reviled as outsiders, branded as parasites on the indigenous society.
criticize, censure, condemn, attack, inveigh against, rail against, lambaste, flay, savage, brand, stigmatize, denounce;
blacken someone's reputation, defame, smear, slander, libel, traduce, cast aspersions on, cast a slur on, malign, vilify, calumniate, besmirch, run down, abuse
informal knock, slam, pan, bash, take to pieces, take apart, crucify, hammer, lay into, slate, roast, skewer, bad-mouth
British informal slate, rubbish, slag off, monster
North American informal pummel
Australian/New Zealand informal bag
rare vituperate against, excoriate



Example sentences
  • As copy editor, and as an acquaintance to many of the complainants, I have received several letters expressing individuals' revilement with the cavalier attitude presented toward women.
  • During the years of feminist revilement, Hughes wrote and said little in public about his life with Plath.
  • Yogh grabbed hold of a nearby pillar to steady himself, and found out - much to his revilement - that it was composed of skulls, both human and animal.


Example sentences
  • The well-known cheer, meritorious though it may be, seemed misdirected to rival revilers like myself.
  • The Scriptures plainly warn professing Christians that ‘the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God… neither fornicators… nor idolaters… nor thieves, nor revilers… shall inherit the kingdom of God’.
  • Rig Veda refers to these non-conformists as ‘Devapiyu’, i.e. revilers of Vedic gods.


Middle English: from Old French reviler, based on vil 'vile'.

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