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revile
used in The Scarlet Letter

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Definition
to criticize in an abusive manner
  • The poor, as we have already said, whom she sought out to be the objects of her bounty, often reviled the hand that was stretched forth to succour them.
    Chapter 5 -- Hester at her Needle (67% in)
  • The truth was, that the little Puritans, being of the most intolerant brood that ever lived, had got a vague idea of something outlandish, unearthly, or at variance with ordinary fashions, in the mother and child, and therefore scorned them in their hearts, and not unfrequently reviled them with their tongues.
    Chapter 6 -- Pearl (54% in)

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