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revile

verb

Definition: 1. to attack somebody verbally; 2. to use abusive language

Synonyms: abuse, disparage, deride, vilify, censure, desecrate, berate, castigate, assail, attack, inveigh

Antonyms: acclaim, adulate, extol, laud, praise, complement

Tips: Revile comes from the French reviler, formed from vil, which is also the root of the word vile. Vile means "wicked, disgusting, or degrading," and to revile someone is to use this type of language--very harsh. It is stronger than reprove or reproach and can be done indirectly, as with slander.

Usage Examples:

One has to wonder; if both candidates use all their time reviling one another, do they each lack laudable virtues worthy of standing alone? (vilifying, attacking)

The professor was shocked to hear a student had chosen to revile his teaching methods in the school newspaper. (castigate, deride, attack)

The company was reviled for the terrible working conditions of its employees. (berated, castigated)

Jack's mistake wasn't so awful that you should revile him publicly. (censure, assail, disparage)


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