Definition of vile in English:

vile

adjective

  • 1Extremely unpleasant.

    ‘he has a vile temper’
    ‘vile smells’
    • ‘He also remembers a bottle of brown medicine that was so vile to smell that even his mother had to hold it at arm's length.’
    • ‘As Michael opened his mouth I smelt the vile stench of liquor on his breath.’
    • ‘Well, scientists have created a smell that is so vile that it can make even the tough guys gag.’
    • ‘They are now demanding that the old sewers beneath the streets of the city be brought up to date in an attempt to rid the area of the vile smell.’
    • ‘In the summer of 2002 he said the smell was sometimes so vile, his wife Maureen was unable to sleep.’
    • ‘Howard didn't remember the stuff smelling quite so vile before, but then he never had it applied to his hide in quite such liberal quantities.’
    • ‘After being orphaned, he's living with his dreadful aunt, uncle and cousin, all of whom are vile and nasty to Potter.’
    • ‘Make war as vile and horrid as you can, he reasoned, and people will feel all the less inclined to resort to it.’
    • ‘The amount of dog mess on the pathway is absolutely vile and disgusting, in places it is totally unavoidable.’
    • ‘I have never understood why little old ladies cover themselves and their houses in vile lavender smelling scents but I do now.’
    • ‘Perfume that smells heavenly on your sister can smell vile on you.’
    • ‘I won't have such vile, offensive language on this show.’
    • ‘He was sure I'd would say something vulgar, vile, or extremely arrogant; it was how I'd worked.’
    • ‘Harris was a Glaswegian Greek-Cypriot with a vile temper.’
    • ‘Also, my lack of sense of taste and smell means that I can't truly appreciate just how vile the office coffee is.’
    • ‘Seagulls really are disgusting, nasty, vile animals, naturally horrible, and made worse by hanging out with humans presumably.’
    • ‘Apart from bees, most insects seem to have little or no purpose in life, but everything about rats is evil, dirty and vile.’
    • ‘I know Rob has been going through a tough time lately, but his blog has become vile and nasty.’
    • ‘Get on plane, decline the vile coffee, and fly to next city.’
    • ‘It was, as you would expect, a pretty vile and unpleasant week.’
    foul, nasty, unpleasant, bad, disagreeable, horrid, horrible, dreadful, abominable, atrocious, offensive, obnoxious, odious, unsavoury, repulsive, off-putting, repellent, revolting, repugnant, disgusting, distasteful, loathsome, hateful, nauseating, sickening
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    1. 1.1 Morally bad; wicked.
      ‘as vile a rogue as ever lived’
      • ‘At the heart of the story was a particularly vile villain.’
      • ‘By this time, Dorian Grey had become totally corrupt, as vile and ugly as the figure in the portrait.’
      • ‘The pages blaze with a passionate desire to see justice for the people tortured and murdered by his vile regime.’
      • ‘In the end, you have killed a vile murderer who would otherwise have escaped justice, perhaps to kill again.’
      • ‘Am I talking about that vile new scourge, black tar heroin?’
      • ‘Everything about the murder case has been vile.’
      • ‘She pushed him over the edge, from simple gigolo to vile murderer.’
      • ‘If you were living under that kind of vile, murderous dictatorship, would you not want someone to come in and save you?’
      • ‘‘The terrorists who are seeking to destroy the country have struck a cruel blow with this vile act today,’ he said.’
      • ‘Many regarded him as a saint, but he was an evil, vile, horrible man.’
      • ‘A poisonous racist, a supporter of eugenics, a proponent of mass murder, a vile imperialist and… an apologist for Fascism?’
      • ‘I do not see how you gain by adding to his family's pain with your vile insults and cruel words.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although the vile black substance is poisonous to all moving and breathing things, it is very beneficial to plants.’
      • ‘A top cricket coach has been jailed for 15 months after downloading vile pictures of children on his computer.’
      • ‘His character is so vile and cruel that he seems to have lost his soul somewhere in the jungles of Peru.’
      • ‘After all, the thought of murdering Claudius, vile and hated though he was, still repelled Hamlet.’
      • ‘This vile display shows a contempt for all the rules of warfare, and all the bounds of civilized behavior.’
      • ‘These were vile acts of political murder, emerging from a political context created, in part, by Western statecraft and driven by political goals.’
      • ‘Your vile protest signs and offensive chants made sure of that.’
      wicked, evil, iniquitous, heinous, villainous, diabolical, diabolic, fiendish, vicious, murderous, barbarous, cruel, black, dark, rotten, nefarious, foul, monstrous, shocking, outrageous, atrocious, abominable, reprehensible, despicable, execrable, corrupt, degenerate, reprobate, sordid, depraved, dissolute, bad, base, mean, low, dishonourable, dishonest, unscrupulous, unprincipled, underhand, roguish
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    2. 1.2archaic Of little worth or value.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin vilis ‘of low value’.

Pronunciation

vile

/vīl//vaɪl/