vile

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adjective \ˈvī(-ə)l\

Definition of vile

viler

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vilest

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  1. 1a :  morally despicable or abhorrent nothing is so vile as intellectual dishonestyb :  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

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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.

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Origin and Etymology of vile

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

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

VILE Defined for English Language Learners

vile

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adjective

Definition of vile for English Language Learners

  • : evil or immoral

  • : very bad or unpleasant


VILE Defined for Kids

vile

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adjective \ˈvīl\

Definition of vile for Students

viler

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vilest

  1. 1 :  wicked 1 a vile deed

  2. 2 :  very bad or unpleasant a vile smell



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