adjective, vil·er, vil·est.

Origin of vile

1250–1300; Middle English vil < Old French < Latin vīlis of little worth, base, cheap
Related formsvile·ly, adverbvile·ness, noun
Can be confusedvial vile viol

Synonyms for vile

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

Antonyms for vile

1. good. 4. elevated. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for vilely

Historical Examples of vilely

  • This he does vilely, and earns not only the contempt of his brethren, but the amused scorn of the Briton.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • A man laughed, shook him, cursed him vilely close to his ear.

  • Open that, my love, and read our anguish into patience, for she has vilely deceived us.'

    The Vicar of Wakefield

    Oliver Goldsmith

  • Never in all his life had he been so vilely treated, and never in all his life had he been so angry.

  • He began to storm and swear, and declared that he had been vilely tricked.

    Ben Burton

    W. H. G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for vilely



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



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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