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vile

Syllabification: vile
Pronunciation: /vīl
 
/

Definition of vile in English:

adjective

1Extremely unpleasant: he has a vile temper vile smells
More example sentences
  • He was sure I'd would say something vulgar, vile, or extremely arrogant; it was how I'd worked.
  • Seagulls really are disgusting, nasty, vile animals, naturally horrible, and made worse by hanging out with humans presumably.
  • It was, as you would expect, a pretty vile and unpleasant week.
Synonyms
disgraceful, appalling, shocking, sorry, shabby, shameful, dishonorable, execrable, heinous, abhorrent, deplorable, monstrous, wicked, evil, iniquitous, nefarious, depraved, debased;
contemptible, despicable, reprehensible
informal gross, godawful, lowdown, lousy
archaic scurvy
1.1Morally bad; wicked: as vile a rogue as ever lived
More example sentences
  • It was used as a place where the pagan worshipers did all sorts of vile and wicked things - including burning children alive as sacrifices to the idols Moloch and Baal.
  • ‘The terrorists who are seeking to destroy the country have struck a cruel blow with this vile act today,’ he said.
  • A poisonous racist, a supporter of eugenics, a proponent of mass murder, a vile imperialist and… an apologist for Fascism?
1.2 archaic Of little worth or value.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin vilis 'cheap, base'.

Derivatives

vilely

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • He felt that ‘they are more vilely oppressed than they have ever been before in their history.’
  • Most vilely, he claims I was beset by an ‘explosive urge’ to blow up his house.
  • And could he trust the word again of anyone who so vilely wronged him?

vileness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Men who practice viciousness and vileness are shown no mercy by the gods.
  • I hunt down and exterminate soul-less monsters of unimaginable horror and vileness.
  • Women have been writing books about the vileness and tedium of domestic life for ever.

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