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vile

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

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Origin of vile

1250–1300; Middle English vil, from Old French, from Latin vīlis “of little worth, base, cheap”
1. See mean2.
vilely, adverbvileness, noun
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
vilely, adverbvileness, noun
C13: from Old French vil, from Latin vīlis cheap
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