\ ˈvī(-ə)l How to pronounce vile (audio) \
viler\ ˈvī-​lər How to pronounce viler (audio) \; vilest\ ˈvī-​ləst How to pronounce vilest (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 vilely (audio) \ adverb
vileness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

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 cause has attracted similar bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, with Republicans and Democrats criticizing major tech companies for seemingly brushing off responsibility for the most vile content to appear on their sites. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Twitter-New York Post brouhaha stirs Capitol Hill push to end Big Tech liability carveout," 15 Oct. 2020 Still, Cash has weathered a barrage of social media hate for portraying someone as vile as Stormfront (for proof take a look at her Instagram comments section). Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Aya Cash Plays A White Supremacist Monster On The Boys. Don’t Confuse It With Real Life," 2 Oct. 2020 And not long after this catastrophe, Jas begins to attract the vile attentions of the local veterinarian. Anna Mundow, WSJ, "‘The Discomfort of Evening’ Review: Child of Sin," 2 Oct. 2020 In the city where Martin Luther revolutionized Christianity, a vile, 700-year-old sculpture openly denigrates Jews. Jasper Bastian, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hatred in Plain Sight," 21 Sep. 2020 The vile turkey baster comment when women cannot get pregnant and the infertility ... Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, "RHONY Reunion: Tinsley Mortimer Reveals Shocking Reason Behind Her Fallout with Dorinda Medley," 10 Sep. 2020 It’s part of what makes terrorism so singularly cowardly, vile, and repulsive. Michael Washburn, National Review, "Postmodernist American Writers and 9/11," 10 Sep. 2020 And worst of all, the flow of disinformation on social media is both vile and unstoppable. Washington Post, "Fact-checking Trump’s lies is essential. It’s also increasingly fruitless.," 29 Aug. 2020 Showing your kids a photo of someone who looks different in hopes of them having a scared reaction is vile. Melissa Blake, refinery29.com, "A Message To TikTok Parents Who Use My Face To Make Their Kids Cry," 27 Aug. 2020

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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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22 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Vile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vile. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vile

: evil or immoral
: very bad or unpleasant
\ 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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