Definition of vile in English:

vile

adjective

  • 1Extremely unpleasant.

    ‘he has a vile temper’
    ‘vile smells’
    • ‘As Michael opened his mouth I smelt the vile stench of liquor on his breath.’
    • ‘It was, as you would expect, a pretty vile and unpleasant week.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seagulls really are disgusting, nasty, vile animals, naturally horrible, and made worse by hanging out with humans presumably.’
    • ‘In the summer of 2002 he said the smell was sometimes so vile, his wife Maureen was unable to sleep.’
    • ‘Well, scientists have created a smell that is so vile that it can make even the tough guys gag.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perfume that smells heavenly on your sister can smell vile on you.’
    • ‘He was sure I'd would say something vulgar, vile, or extremely arrogant; it was how I'd worked.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, my lack of sense of taste and smell means that I can't truly appreciate just how vile the office coffee is.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The amount of dog mess on the pathway is absolutely vile and disgusting, in places it is totally unavoidable.’
    • ‘Make war as vile and horrid as you can, he reasoned, and people will feel all the less inclined to resort to it.’
    • ‘Harris was a Glaswegian Greek-Cypriot with a vile temper.’
    • ‘After being orphaned, he's living with his dreadful aunt, uncle and cousin, all of whom are vile and nasty to Potter.’
    • ‘I have never understood why little old ladies cover themselves and their houses in vile lavender smelling scents but I do now.’
    • ‘Get on plane, decline the vile coffee, and fly to next city.’
    • ‘I won't have such vile, offensive language on this show.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘At the heart of the story was a particularly vile villain.’
      • ‘His character is so vile and cruel that he seems to have lost his soul somewhere in the jungles of Peru.’
      • ‘I do not see how you gain by adding to his family's pain with your vile insults and cruel words.’
      • ‘This vile display shows a contempt for all the rules of warfare, and all the bounds of civilized behavior.’
      • ‘The pages blaze with a passionate desire to see justice for the people tortured and murdered by his vile regime.’
      • ‘A poisonous racist, a supporter of eugenics, a proponent of mass murder, a vile imperialist and… an apologist for Fascism?’
      • ‘Many regarded him as a saint, but he was an evil, vile, horrible man.’
      • ‘These were vile acts of political murder, emerging from a political context created, in part, by Western statecraft and driven by political goals.’
      • ‘‘The terrorists who are seeking to destroy the country have struck a cruel blow with this vile act today,’ he said.’
      • ‘Everything about the murder case has been vile.’
      • ‘Although the vile black substance is poisonous to all moving and breathing things, it is very beneficial to plants.’
      • ‘Am I talking about that vile new scourge, black tar heroin?’
      • ‘A top cricket coach has been jailed for 15 months after downloading vile pictures of children on his computer.’
      • ‘If you were living under that kind of vile, murderous dictatorship, would you not want someone to come in and save you?’
      • ‘Your vile protest signs and offensive chants made sure of that.’
      • ‘By this time, Dorian Grey had become totally corrupt, as vile and ugly as the figure in the portrait.’
      • ‘In the end, you have killed a vile murderer who would otherwise have escaped justice, perhaps to kill again.’
      • ‘After all, the thought of murdering Claudius, vile and hated though he was, still repelled Hamlet.’
      • ‘She pushed him over the edge, from simple gigolo to vile murderer.’
    2. 1.2archaic Of little worth or value.

Origin

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

Pronunciation

vile

/vaɪl//vīl/