revile

  • 1 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

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

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

    Law dictionary

  • 4 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

  • 5 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

  • 6 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,… …

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

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 revile — 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… …

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  • 10 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… …

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  • 11 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… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 12 revile — verb (reviled; reviling) Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French reviler to despise, from re + vil vile Date: 14th century transitive verb to subject to verbal abuse ; vituperate intransitive verb to use abusive language ; rail Synonyms …

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  • 13 revile — revilement, n. reviler, n. revilingly, adv. /ri vuyl /, v., reviled, reviling. v.t. 1. to assail with contemptuous or opprobrious language; address or speak of abusively. v.i. 2. to speak abusively. [1275 1325; ME revilen < MF reviler …

    Universalium

  • 14 revile — verb To attack (someone) with abusive language. Syn: reproach, scold, vilify, vituperate …

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  • 15 revile — Synonyms and related words: abuse, asperse, bark at, barrack, bawl out, berate, besmirch, bespatter, betongue, blacken, blackguard, call names, calumniate, chaff, chew out, cuss out, cut at, damn, defame, defile, denigrate, dig at, dump on,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 revile — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. t. abuse, vilify, malign, asperse, calumniate, deride. See contempt, detraction. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. abuse, berate, vilify, vituperate; see censure , denounce , scold , slander . See Synonym Study …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 revile — re|vile [rıˈvaıl] v [T] written [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: reviler, from vil; VILE] to express hatred of someone or something = ↑hate ▪ The President was now reviled by the same party he had helped to lead …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 revile — re|vile [ rı vaıl ] verb transitive FORMAL to hate and criticize someone or something very much: Reviled as traitors, they now want to leave the country …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 revile — see VILE …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 20 revile — re·vile || rɪ vaɪl v. disparage, abuse, defame, libel, deride …

    English contemporary dictionary