American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To assail with abusive language; vituperate. See Synonyms at scold.
- v. To use abusive language.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To cast reproach upon; vilify; especially, to use contemptuous or opprobrious language to; abuse; asperse.
- Synonyms To vilify, abuse, malign, lampoon, defame. (See asperse.) The distinction of revile from these words is that it always applies to persons, is generally unjust and always improper, generally applies to what is said to or before the person affected, and makes him seem to others vile or worthless.
- To act or speak abusively.
- n. Revilement; abusive treatment or language; an insult; a reproach.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To address or abuse with opprobrious and contemptuous language; to reproach.
- n. obsolete Reproach; reviling.
- v. spread negative information about
- From Middle English revilen, from re + Old French aviler ("to make vile or cheap, disprize, disesteem"), from a- ("to") + vil ("vile, cheap"); see vile. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English revilen, from Old French reviler : re-, re- + vil, vile; see vile. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“One that I particularly revile is “blood and treasure,” a favorite of warrior-politics neocons.”
“NEW YORK Here's good news for New York Yankees fans — and bad news for those who revile the club as the Evil Empire: The richest club in baseball is about to get richer.”
“The negation of the negation is something like faith revealed as lies (which is why we revile hypocritical priests and pastors so very much).”
“This does not mean I am against coursebooks or that I feel that using a coursebook page, albeit more creatively, is something I revile.”
“Why do you think God may have called any of these persons you so quickly dismiss and revile into ordained ministry or guided a Synod to vote for them?”
“Casse continues: Mr. Caplan also claims that voters revile a corporation that downsizes at home and sends jobs abroad, a business decision that most economists view as socially productive.”
“It is these Right Wing talk show hosts who incessantly revile the federal bureaucrats as devils incarnate issuing unnecessary economy-strangling regulations merely to solidify their own continued employment.”
“Some of us admire them, some revile them, but most people can't imagine joining their ranks.”
“Freedom of women is what the Al Qaeda jihadis, as much as the Muslim Brothers in Egypt, most revile about the West.”
“With so much evidence piled up that the status of women in the West is what radical Islamist fighters revile most about us, the only question left is why haven't the Western countries made support of women a fundamental element of the diplomatic, military and political response?”
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