vile

[ vahyl ]
/ vaɪl /

adjective, vil·er, vil·est.

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Origin of vile

1250–1300; Middle English vil < Old French < Latin vīlis of little worth, base, cheap

SYNONYMS FOR vile

1 See mean2.
3 repellent.
4 vicious, evil, iniquitous.
5 vulgar, obscene.
9, 10 contemptible.
10 trivial, trifling.

OTHER WORDS FROM vile

vile·ly, adverbvile·ness, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH vile

vial vile viol
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British Dictionary definitions for vile

vile
/ (vaɪl) /

adjective

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

Derived forms of vile

vilely, adverbvileness, noun

Word Origin for vile

C13: from Old French vil, from Latin vīlis cheap
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