vile

adjective
\ ˈvī(-ə)l How to pronounce vile (audio) \
viler\ ˈvī-​lər How to pronounce vile (audio) \; vilest\ ˈvī-​ləst How to pronounce vile (audio) \

Definition of vile

1a : morally despicable or abhorrent nothing is so vile as intellectual dishonesty
b : physically repulsive : foul a vile slum
2 : of little worth or account : common also : mean
3 : tending to degrade vile employments
4 : disgustingly or utterly bad : obnoxious, contemptible vile weather had a vile temper

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Other Words from vile

vilely \ ˈvī(-​ə)l-​lē How to pronounce vile (audio) \ adverb
vileness noun

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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

Examples of vile in a Sentence

a vile and cowardly act What is that vile odor? His comments were positively vile. She has a vile temper.
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Recent Examples on the Web The heat, humidity, and lack of ventilation created a vile smell deep inside the ship. The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 That project was produced with no Black input; reported, written and hyped by white colleagues who seemed oblivious to its promotion of vile stereotypes. Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 This is not just an underhanded and vile tactic for lawyers to win cases. Maia Niguel Hoskin, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 The horrific images of Bianca's murder that Clark had posted continued to spread on the internet, and a vile campaign of hate was brewing on social media. CBS News, 18 Sep. 2021 He will, after all, be faced with a choice between two alternatives: one that's silly but benign, the other that's equally silly but both vile and disastrous. Nicole Goodkind, Fortune, 24 Sep. 2021 Trump is doing vile and odd things on a daily, if not hourly basis. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 13 Sep. 2021 During that time, there were Jewish activists on social media dedicating their lives to fight the bombardment of hate and vile rhetoric. Allison Norlian, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 The large social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube employ thousands of content moderators, who often sift through the most vile content on the Internet to stop it from ever reaching those companies’ customers. Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of vile

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for vile

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

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The first known use of vile was in the 14th century

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11 Oct 2021

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“Vile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vile. Accessed 22 Oct. 2021.

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vile

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of vile

: evil or immoral
: very bad or unpleasant

vile

adjective
\ ˈvīl How to pronounce vile (audio) \
viler; vilest

Kids Definition of vile

1 : wicked sense 1 a vile deed
2 : very bad or unpleasant a vile smell

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