Definition of vile in English:

vile

adjective

  • 1Extremely unpleasant.

    ‘he has a vile temper’
    ‘vile smells’
    • ‘Apart from bees, most insects seem to have little or no purpose in life, but everything about rats is evil, dirty and vile.’
    • ‘I have never understood why little old ladies cover themselves and their houses in vile lavender smelling scents but I do now.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Perfume that smells heavenly on your sister can smell vile on you.’
    • ‘After being orphaned, he's living with his dreadful aunt, uncle and cousin, all of whom are vile and nasty to Potter.’
    • ‘I won't have such vile, offensive language on this show.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Make war as vile and horrid as you can, he reasoned, and people will feel all the less inclined to resort to it.’
    • ‘Also, my lack of sense of taste and smell means that I can't truly appreciate just how vile the office coffee is.’
    • ‘He was sure I'd would say something vulgar, vile, or extremely arrogant; it was how I'd worked.’
    • ‘As Michael opened his mouth I smelt the vile stench of liquor on his breath.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was, as you would expect, a pretty vile and unpleasant week.’
    • ‘Well, scientists have created a smell that is so vile that it can make even the tough guys gag.’
    • ‘Get on plane, decline the vile coffee, and fly to next city.’
    • ‘Harris was a Glaswegian Greek-Cypriot with a vile temper.’
    • ‘I know Rob has been going through a tough time lately, but his blog has become vile and nasty.’
    • ‘The amount of dog mess on the pathway is absolutely vile and disgusting, in places it is totally unavoidable.’
    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
    base, low, mean, wretched, disgraceful, appalling, shocking, ugly, vulgar, sorry, shabby, shameful, dishonourable, execrable, heinous, abhorrent, deplorable, monstrous, wicked, evil, dark, dirty, vicious, iniquitous, sinful, corrupt, sordid, depraved, perverted, debased, reprobate, degenerate, debauched, dissolute, contemptible, despicable, reprehensible, diabolical, diabolic, devilish, fiendish, hellish, damnable
    yucky, sick-making, gut-churning, icky, gross, god-awful, low-down, rotten, sick
    beastly
    bogging
    lousy, vomitous
    shitty
    noisome
    scurvy, disgustful, loathly
    egregious, flagitious
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    1. 1.1Morally bad; wicked.
      ‘as vile a rogue as ever lived’
      • ‘She pushed him over the edge, from simple gigolo to vile murderer.’
      • ‘A poisonous racist, a supporter of eugenics, a proponent of mass murder, a vile imperialist and… an apologist for Fascism?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After all, the thought of murdering Claudius, vile and hated though he was, still repelled Hamlet.’
      • ‘These were vile acts of political murder, emerging from a political context created, in part, by Western statecraft and driven by political goals.’
      • ‘Everything about the murder case has been vile.’
      • ‘Your vile protest signs and offensive chants made sure of that.’
      • ‘At the heart of the story was a particularly vile villain.’
      • ‘In the end, you have killed a vile murderer who would otherwise have escaped justice, perhaps to kill again.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 top cricket coach has been jailed for 15 months after downloading vile pictures of children on his computer.’
      • ‘I do not see how you gain by adding to his family's pain with your vile insults and cruel words.’
      • ‘Am I talking about that vile new scourge, black tar heroin?’
      • ‘His character is so vile and cruel that he seems to have lost his soul somewhere in the jungles of Peru.’
      • ‘By this time, Dorian Grey had become totally corrupt, as vile and ugly as the figure in the portrait.’
      • ‘Although the vile black substance is poisonous to all moving and breathing things, it is very beneficial to plants.’
    2. 1.2archaic Of little worth or value.

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

vile

/vīl/