\ 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 Tom sort of flips between being spineless to quite plausible; really, really vile to quite sweet and sympathetic. Meredith Blake, chicagotribune.com, "Matthew Macfadyen is as mortified by ‘Succession’ as you are," 12 Aug. 2019 Tom sort of flips between being spineless to quite plausible; really, really vile to quite sweet and sympathetic. Los Angeles Times, "Matthew Macfadyen is as mortified by ‘Succession’ as you are," 8 Aug. 2019 More: Andy Cohen responds to 'vile' Kathy Griffin diss: 'She's made up a lot' Cohen was there for Cooper when his mother, Gloria Vanderbilt, died in June. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "Andy Cohen talks friendship with Anderson Cooper, being 'the only gay guy in late-nite' TV," 1 Aug. 2019 After those vile comments you actually towards another person that people will believe your account was hacked! Daniela Altimari, courant.com, "Democratic official says his account was hacked, offensive tweet removed," 7 Nov. 2019 His bleak and jaded worldview is tempered by an unflagging, never cloying faith in love and its ability to transcend the muck and vile. Carlos Valladares, SFChronicle.com, "California Streamin’: Blake Edwards can make your heart soar and curdle at once," 4 Nov. 2019 In this metaphor, Reddit the company is a distant king, excused from getting his hands dirty no matter how vile Reddit the platform gets. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "Inside R/Relationships, The Unbearably Human Corner of Reddit," 23 Oct. 2019 For a certain generation, there is a vile word which conjures up an icy dread. Wired, "The Best Gaming Controllers for Every Kind of Player," 28 Sep. 2019 The people of #HongKong are gifted a video of vile threats! Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "China’s army just released a video showing soldiers practicing shooting protesters," 2 Aug. 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

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“Vile.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/vileness. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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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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