UK [rɪˈvaɪl] / US verb [transitive]
Word forms "revile":
present tense I/you/we/they revile he/she/it reviles present participle reviling past tense reviled past participle reviled formal
to hate and criticize someone or something very much

Reviled as traitors, they now want to leave the country.

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  • Revile — Re*vile , v. t. & i. [imp. & p. p. {Reviled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Reviling}.] [Pref. re + OF. aviler to make vile, depreciate, F. avilir; [ a] (L. ad.) + vil vile. See {Vile}.] To address or abuse with opprobrious and contemptuous language; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Revile — Re*vile , n. Reproach; reviling. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] The gracious Judge, without revile, replied. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • revile — index attack, blame, condemn (blame), contemn, decry, defame, denigrate, denounce ( …   Law dictionary

  • revile — (v.) c.1300, from O.Fr. reviler consider vile, despise, from re , intensive prefix, + vil (see VILE (Cf. vile)). Related: Reviled; reviling …   Etymology dictionary

  • revile — vituperate, rail, berate, rate, upbraid, *scold, tongue lash, jaw, bawl, chew out, wig Analogous words: vilify, calumniate, *malign, traduce, defame, asperse, slander, libel: *execrate, objurgate, curse Antonyms: laud Contrasted words: *praise,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • revile — [v] scold abuse, admonish, berate, blame, castigate, censure, chide, criticize, denigrate, denounce, disparage, give a talking to*, lambaste, lay down the law*, lecture, rake over the coals*, ream, reprimand, reproach, reprobate, reprove, scorn,… …   New thesaurus

  • revile — ► VERB (usu. be reviled) ▪ criticize in an abusive or scornful way. ORIGIN Old French reviler, from vil vile …   English terms dictionary

  • revile — [ri vīl′] vt. reviled, reviling [ME revilen < OFr reviler, to regard or treat as vile < re ,RE + viler, to humiliate < vil,VILE] to use abusive or contemptuous language in speaking to or about; call bad names vi. to use abusive language… …   English World dictionary

  • revile — [[t]rɪva͟ɪl[/t]] reviles, reviling, reviled VERB If someone or something is reviled, people hate them intensely or show their hatred of them. [FORMAL] [be V ed] He was just as feared and reviled as his tyrannical parents... [V n] What right had… …   English dictionary

  • revile — [c]/rəˈvaɪl / (say ruh vuyl) verb (reviled, reviling) –verb (t) 1. to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address, or speak of, abusively. –verb (i) 2. to speak abusively. {Middle English revile(n), from Old French reviler treat or… …  

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