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 reproach. ``And did not she herself revile me there?'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again. --1 Pet. ii. 23. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To reproach; vilify; upbraid; calumniate. [1913 Webster]

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