revile

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From Middle English revilen, from re + Old French aviler (to make vile or cheap, disprize, disesteem), from a- (to) + vil (vile, cheap); see vile.

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revile (third-person singular simple present reviles, present participle reviling, simple past and past participle reviled)

  1. To attack (someone) with abusive language.
    • Bible, 1 Peter ii. 23
      who, when he was reviled, reviled not again
    • Shakespeare
      And did not she herself revile me there?

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revile (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) reproach; reviling
    The gracious Judge, without revile, replied. — Milton.

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