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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6 thoughts on “Love for Words — revel”

  1. I reveled the las time I was able to go to the KC Ren fest. I had just moved back to KS and had a lovely Saturday with my partner where we enjoyed each other’s company and engrossed ourselves in the cultural aspects of the day! We also had a run in with some heavy rain on the way out of the fair. That alone is one of the most memorable moments of my 3 year relationship.

  2. I revel in the idea of new experiences and memories that my family and I make through new adventures. Looking back on my childhood, I can hardly remember every toy or thing that was bought for me. What I do remember is going on vacations, silly things my family did together and the happiness I felt of just being around them. This is what I want my children to remember about their own childhood and I love giving them those opportunities. 💜

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