- wretchedly bad: a vile humor.
- highly offensive, unpleasant, or objectionable: vile slander.
- repulsive or disgusting, as to the senses or feelings: a vile odor.
- morally debased, depraved, or despicable: vile deeds.
- foul; filthy: vile language.
- poor; wretched: vile workmanship.
- of mean or low condition: a vile beggar.
- menial; lowly: vile tasks.
- degraded; ignominious: vile servitude.
- of little value or account; paltry: a vile recompense.
Origin of vile
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Examples from the Web for vile
The sex workers I spoke with rightly call it “vile,” “gross,” “terrifying,” and “exploitative.”To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show
December 19, 2014
They are now in essence a sisterhood joined together by a vile incident.Here’s What She’d Tell Bill Cosby Today
December 9, 2014
And Daniel Webster, a great opponent of slavery, supported the vile Compromise of 1850, Fugitive Slave Act and all.Election Day Is Scarier Than Halloween
P. J. O’Rourke
November 1, 2014
In the case of these vile perpetrators, it is probably all of the above.The Psychology of Sex Slave Rings
August 31, 2014
“Mr. Walker asked people to send him these vile, nasty pictures of the prophet Muhammad,” he said.The Weirdest Story About a Conservative Obsession, a Convicted Bomber, and Taylor Swift You Have Ever Read
August 30, 2014
What have I done—what has my wife done, that we should give being to a vile hound like this?Weighed and Wanting
She is a vile girl, and has said a hundred insolent things to me.
I see already that from the world, vile as it is, you have nothing of contagion to fear.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
A vile habit this, but one that it is to be feared will never be abandoned.
She cackled, and leered with vile significance toward the girl in the doorway.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- abominably wicked; shameful or evilthe vile development of slavery appalled them
- morally despicable; ignoblevile accusations
- disgusting to the senses or emotions; foula vile smell; vile epithets
- tending to humiliate or degradeonly slaves would perform such vile tasks
- unpleasant or badvile weather
- paltrya vile reward
Word Origin and History for vile
early 13c. (implied in vilety), from Anglo-French and Old French vile, from Latin vilis "cheap, worthless, base, common," of unknown origin. Related: Vilely.