adjective, vil·er, vil·est.

  1. wretchedly bad: a vile humor.
  2. highly offensive, unpleasant, or objectionable: vile slander.
  3. repulsive or disgusting, as to the senses or feelings: a vile odor.
  4. morally debased, depraved, or despicable: vile deeds.
  5. foul; filthy: vile language.
  6. poor; wretched: vile workmanship.
  7. of mean or low condition: a vile beggar.
  8. menial; lowly: vile tasks.
  9. degraded; ignominious: vile servitude.
  10. of little value or account; paltry: a vile recompense.


  1. abominably wicked; shameful or evilthe vile development of slavery appalled them
  2. morally despicable; ignoblevile accusations
  3. disgusting to the senses or emotions; foula vile smell; vile epithets
  4. tending to humiliate or degradeonly slaves would perform such vile tasks
  5. unpleasant or badvile weather
  6. paltrya vile reward

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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