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- (transitive, intransitive) To attack (someone) with abusive language.
- 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), London: […] Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981, 1 Peter 2:23:
- who, when he was reviled, reviled not again
- c. 1594, William Shakespeare, “The Comedie of Errors”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iv]:
- And did not she herself revile me there?
to attack with abusive language
- (obsolete) reproach; reviling
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 10”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- The gracious Judge, without revile, replied.
- revile in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- revile in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.