- 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
1250–1300; Middle English vil < Old French < Latin vīlis of little worth, base, cheap
SynonymsSee more synonyms for vile on Thesaurus.com
1. See mean2. 3. repellent. 4. vicious, evil, iniquitous. 5. vulgar, obscene. 9, 10. contemptible. 10. trivial, trifling.
1. good. 4. elevated.
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Examples from the Web for viler
True, there had been nothing, in his lifetime, viler than this man.The Marble Faun, Volume I.
It was not significant of recognition; but rather of some thought of viler origin.The Wild Huntress
She is viler than any of those Berlin light o' loves on the eve of Jena.The Tragic Comedians, Complete
If the men of the last generation were vile, the women, I think, were viler still.The Rubicon
E. F. Benson
He hadn't the courage to look into his soul, black with a viler sin.Painted Veils
- 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
C13: from Old French vil, from Latin vīlis cheap
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Word Origin and History for viler
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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