vile

[ vahyl ]
/ vaɪl /
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adjective, vil·er, vil·est.

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.
ANTONYMS FOR vile
Related formsvile·ly, adverbvile·ness, noun
Can be confusedvial vile viol
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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 Formsvilely, adverbvileness, noun

Word Origin for vile

C13: from Old French vil, from Latin vīlis cheap
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Word Origin and History for vilely

vile


adj.

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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