• WordNet 3.6
    • n revilement a rude expression intended to offend or hurt "when a student made a stupid mistake he spared them no abuse","they yelled insults at the visiting team"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Revilement The act of reviling; also, contemptuous language; reproach; abuse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n revilement The act of reviling; abuse; contemptuous or insulting language; a reproach.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Revilement the act of reviling, reproach
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  • Ambrose Bierce
    “Age. That period of life in which we compound for the vices that remain by reviling those we have no longer the vigor to commit.”
  • Arthur Rimbaud
    “One evening I sat Beauty on my knees --And I found her bitter --And I reviled her.”
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
    “The worst readers are those who behave like plundering troops: they take away a few things they can use, dirty and confound the remainder, and revile the whole.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Pfx. re-, again, O. Fr. aviler, to make vile, from a—L. ad, vil—L. vilis, cheap.


In literature:

He was brought before several tribunals, laughed at, caressed, reviled, menaced, but in vain.
"Brave Men and Women" by O.E. Fuller
St. Paul did not revile the gods of Felix and Festus.
"John Knox and the Reformation" by Andrew Lang
See how their newspapers have reviled you!
"France in the Nineteenth Century" by Elizabeth Latimer
The men stood in a corner, reviling the mid-day dinner in prospect.
"The Bell in the Fog and Other Stories" by Gertrude Atherton
Let him hear and revile me now, as the world will do after it is over and I am gone.
"Truxton King" by George Barr McCutcheon
How the English used to revile them!
"The Art of Interior Decoration" by Grace Wood
Well, his thoughts had strayed far from the subject of that naturalism so reviled by Des Hermies.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
They undervalue and revile their Gods.
"An Historical Relation Of The Island Ceylon In The East Indies" by Robert Knox
The truth was the girl's apparent light-heartedness added to his self-revilings and made him feel more criminal than ever.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
Naturally enough, he is carped at and reviled almost as much by his political friends as by his political foes.
"Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (1 of 2) (1888)" by William Henry Hurlbert

In poetry:

Here's to them who, ne'er reviling,
Took the knock and came up smiling -
Battlers with their steadfast gaze
Fixed ahead on better days.
"A New Year's Toast" by C J Dennis
But vain her tears; the ruthless sire
In piteous voice revil'd,
And while his eye-balls flash'd with fire,
He spurn'd his hapless child:
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
When sin revives and shows its pow'r.
When Satan threatens to devour,
When God afflicts and men revile,
We drag our steps with pain and toil.
"The Little Book" by John Newton
Swear not by God's tremendous name,
All causeless oaths from Satan came:
The curse of God, like smoke, will fill
The house, wherein men God revile.
"Godly Exhortations To A Child " by Rees Prichard
The gathering crowd in fury wild
Rush on the 'raptured Saint,
And seize their victim, mute and mild,
Who, like his master, though reviled,
Still uttered no complaint.
"St. Stephen" by Abram Joseph Ryan
He forgot to revile the sun next morning
When he found his vase afire in its light.
And he carried it out of the house that day,
And kept it close beside him until night.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell

In news:

NEW YORK (CBS) Danielle Staub's unsavory track record is back in the spotlight as the reviled "Real Housewives of New Jersey" star is caught in yet another sex tape scandal.
For centuries, she was reviled as a prostitute.
Michael Shrader of Urban Union keeps it simple with an often reviled herb.
If you believed the signs fans held at the AT&T Center on Sunday night, basketball legend and TNT studio host Charles Barkley is the most reviled man in San Antonio since Gen Santa Anna laid siege to the city.
The league's most reviled player might be soccer's nicest guy.
It's China's closest equivalent to the alternately beloved and reviled English word, " hipster .".
Holder 's memo replaced John Ashcroft's much-reviled October 2001 guidance allowing—some would say encouraging—FOIA officers to deny requests as long as a "sound legal basis" for doing so could be found in the Act's exemptions.
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Oswald attempts a pleasant greeting, but Kent reviles and abuses him, finally drawing his sword to fight him.
How can an American political movement be both incredibly successful and publicly reviled at the same time.
The Lou Reed & Metallica collaborative album ' Lulu ' is without a doubt the most infamous, reviled and debated upon release of 2011.
Many New Yorkers and cultural commentators reviled at the news Tuesday that reality TV star Heidi Montag may want to boost her cup size to H after having 10 procedures in one day, arguing it's become too easy to look like a doll.
Reviled murderer Donald Moeller finally faces execution Tuesday.
That's why Pakistanis cheer China and Iran as friends and allies, while America is reviled as the enemy.
They've been universally reviled for ignoring concerns that led to the worst spill in US history.