- 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 vilest
Hess concludes, “the vilest [online] communications are still disproportionately lobbed at women.”Will the Internet Ever Be Safe for Women?
August 28, 2014
The vilest means were often resorted to by these sheets to obtain their end.The Railroad Question
I know personally one of them, who is a Scrooge, and of the vilest.The Book of Khalid
He's a member of the vilest crowd of the whole lot, and he's there night after night.'Young Mr. Barter's Repentance
David Christie Murray
You're at the mercy of the vilest wretch that's got an ounce of gold in his filthy poke.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
While the lamp holds out to burn, The vilest rebel may return.The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson
Edward A. Moore
- 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 vilest
early 13c. (implied in vilety), from Anglo-French and Old French vile, from Latin vilis "cheap, worthless, base, common," of unknown origin. Related: Vilely.