Definition of vile
1a : morally despicable or abhorrent nothing is so vile as intellectual dishonestyb : physically repulsive : foul a vile slum
3 : tending to degrade vile employments
vilelyplay \ˈvī(-ə)l-lē\ adverb
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.
Recent Examples of vile from the Web
The share of the atmosphere taken up by that vile gas carbon dioxide (which just happens to sustain all plant life) is 400 parts per million.
The vile and ugly words were spelled out in full when sent to Gersh.
The question of their firm working in the service of such a brutal and vile regime can only be answered by the simplest of terms.
Morning Joe hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough planned to go to Fenway Park Thursday night before leaving town for the July 4 weekend but changed plans after President Donald Trump tweeted vile comments about Brzezinski.
Her world is full of young idealists negotiating their politics and beliefs with the realities of life in Kashmir, which is beset by a vile government bureaucracy and the rise of rabid radicalism.
In November, the mosque was one of several that received a letter calling Muslims vile and filthy.
Those discussions could possibly soften, if not exactly justify, this vile move to return to air.
The person who said those horrible, vile things, that person was depressed, that person was just angry at the world, that person felt like they were not accepted, that person was seeking attention.
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Origin and Etymology of vile
Middle English, from Anglo-French vil, from Latin vilis
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of vile
VILE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of vile for English Language Learners
: evil or immoral
: very bad or unpleasant
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