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Reviled Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    reviled adj : assailed with contemptuous language [syn: maligned]
Reviled Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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. Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again. --1 Pet. ii. 23. Syn: To reproach; vilify; upbraid; calumniate.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Reviled'

Verbal abuse (also called reviling or verbal attack) is a form of abusive behavior involving the use of language. It is a form of profanity that can occur with or without the use of expletives. While oral communication is its most common form, verbal abuse may be expressed in the form of written word as well.

Verbal abuse is a pattern of behavior that can seriously interfere with a person's healthy emotional development. A single exposure to verbal assault can be enough to significantly affect a person's self-esteem, emotional well-being, and physical state.

Verbal abuse is best described as an ongoing emotional environment organized by the abuser for the purposes of control. The underlying factor in the dynamic of verbal abuse is the abuser’s low regard for him or herself. The abuser attempts to place their victim in a position to believe similar things about him or herself, a form of warped projection.

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