- 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
1250–1300; Middle English vil < Old French < Latin vīlis of little worth, base, cheap
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1. See mean2. 3. repellent. 4. vicious, evil, iniquitous. 5. vulgar, obscene. 9, 10. contemptible. 10. trivial, trifling.
1. good. 4. elevated.
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Examples from the Web for vilely
This he does vilely, and earns not only the contempt of his brethren, but the amused scorn of the Briton.American Notes
A man laughed, shook him, cursed him vilely close to his ear.The Duke Of Chimney Butte
G. W. Ogden
Open that, my love, and read our anguish into patience, for she has vilely deceived us.'The Vicar of Wakefield
Never in all his life had he been so vilely treated, and never in all his life had he been so angry.The Call of the Wild
He began to storm and swear, and declared that he had been vilely tricked.Ben Burton
W. H. G. Kingston
- 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
C13: from Old French vil, from Latin vīlis cheap
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Word Origin and History for vilely
early 13c. (implied in vilety), from Anglo-French and Old French vile, from Latin vilis "cheap, worthless, base, common," of unknown origin. Related: Vilely.
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