Love for Words — revel

September 1st, 2019
___ To revel is to take great pleasure in something — either personally, or loudly with a crowd.

Pronounced [REV-uhl], this word derives from the Old French reveler meaning “be disorderly, make merry; rebel, be riotous.” The meaning eventually evolved to also mean”take great pleasure in.”

Definition via
1. To take great pleasure or delight
2. To engage in uproarious festivities; make merry.

Both definitions maintain a sense of the “rebel” origins of the word.

Usage examples
● Hal’s sister constantly berated his lofty ambitions and unconventional ways of pursuing them. When he finally reached a milestone of success, he reveled inside — in meeting an important goal, and in having proved her wrong.

b)  Maryann and her co-workers felt threatened for weeks after the company president announced plans to close their division.  When word arrived that the board of directors asked the president to resign, Maryann and her fellow workers reveled in an impromptu after-work party.

A person who “revels” is passionate, whether they partake in a personal passion or partake in passion among fellow revelers. The passion upon which they “revel” is specific. And as they “revel,” they feel overwhelming joy.

What are examples of times you reveled?


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