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
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.
No one reading this publication is interested in this incredibly ugly, vile and vapid pig turd and her circus freak show life.
Also, some of the cast members, including Jennifer Bowles as the sweet (but mousey) Miss Honey, and Matt Harrington as Matilda’s vile and proudly ignorant father, Mr. Wormwood, are also veterans of the Broadway production.
In recent years, our discourse has grown increasingly rancorous and our debate increasingly vile.
Shortly after the Fox story and video were published, my work email was inundated with vile and violent statements.
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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
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Definition of vile for English Language Learners
: evil or immoral
: very bad or unpleasant
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