Definition of vile
- nothing is so vile as intellectual dishonesty
- a vile slum
- vile employments
a vile and cowardly act
What is that vile odor?
His comments were positively vile.
She has a vile temper.
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: evil or immoral
: very bad or unpleasant
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