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vile

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adjective, \ˈvī(-ə)l\

Simple Definition of vile

  • : evil or immoral

  • : very bad or unpleasant

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of vile

viler play \ˈvī-lər\ vilest play \-ləst\

  1. 1 a :  morally despicable or abhorrent <nothing is so vile as intellectual dishonesty> b :  physically repulsive :  foul <a vile slum>

  2. 2 :  of little worth or account :  common; also :  mean

  3. 3 :  tending to degrade <vile employments>

  4. 4 :  disgustingly or utterly bad :  obnoxious, contemptible <vile weather> <had a vile temper>

vilely play \ˈvī(-ə)l-lē\ adverb
vileness noun

Examples of vile in a sentence

  1. a vile and cowardly act

  2. What is that vile odor?

  3. His comments were positively vile.

  4. She has a vile temper.



Origin of vile

Middle English, from Anglo-French vil, from Latin vilis


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of vile

base, low, vile mean deserving of contempt because of the absence of higher values. base stresses the ignoble and may suggest cruelty, treachery, greed, or grossness <base motives>. low may connote crafty cunning, vulgarity, or immorality and regularly implies an outraging of one's sense of decency or propriety <refused to listen to such low talk>. vile, the strongest of these words, tends to suggest disgusting depravity or filth <a vile remark>.

Rhymes with vile


VILE Defined for Kids

vile

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adjective \ˈvīl\

Definition of vile for Students

vilervilest

  1. 1 :  wicked 1 <a vile deed>

  2. 2 :  very bad or unpleasant <a vile smell>





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