Definition of vile in English:

vile

adjective

  • 1Extremely unpleasant.

    ‘he has a vile temper’
    ‘vile smells’
    • ‘It was, as you would expect, a pretty vile and unpleasant week.’
    • ‘After being orphaned, he's living with his dreadful aunt, uncle and cousin, all of whom are vile and nasty to Potter.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Well, scientists have created a smell that is so vile that it can make even the tough guys gag.’
    • ‘Make war as vile and horrid as you can, he reasoned, and people will feel all the less inclined to resort to it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Also, my lack of sense of taste and smell means that I can't truly appreciate just how vile the office coffee is.’
    • ‘As Michael opened his mouth I smelt the vile stench of liquor on his breath.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Harris was a Glaswegian Greek-Cypriot with a vile temper.’
    • ‘I have never understood why little old ladies cover themselves and their houses in vile lavender smelling scents but I do now.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I won't have such vile, offensive language on this show.’
    • ‘In the summer of 2002 he said the smell was sometimes so vile, his wife Maureen was unable to sleep.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘These were vile acts of political murder, emerging from a political context created, in part, by Western statecraft and driven by political goals.’
      • ‘A top cricket coach has been jailed for 15 months after downloading vile pictures of children on his computer.’
      • ‘Many regarded him as a saint, but he was an evil, vile, horrible man.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘After all, the thought of murdering Claudius, vile and hated though he was, still repelled Hamlet.’
      • ‘In the end, you have killed a vile murderer who would otherwise have escaped justice, perhaps to kill again.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘The pages blaze with a passionate desire to see justice for the people tortured and murdered by his vile regime.’
      • ‘His character is so vile and cruel that he seems to have lost his soul somewhere in the jungles of Peru.’
      • ‘At the heart of the story was a particularly vile villain.’
      • ‘Although the vile black substance is poisonous to all moving and breathing things, it is very beneficial to plants.’
      • ‘Everything about the murder case has been vile.’
      • ‘‘The terrorists who are seeking to destroy the country have struck a cruel blow with this vile act today,’ he said.’
      • ‘Am I talking about that vile new scourge, black tar heroin?’
      • ‘This vile display shows a contempt for all the rules of warfare, and all the bounds of civilized behavior.’
      • ‘I do not see how you gain by adding to his family's pain with your vile insults and cruel words.’
      • ‘If you were living under that kind of vile, murderous dictatorship, would you not want someone to come in and save you?’
    2. 1.2archaic Of little worth or value.
      ‘all the feasts that thou hast shared erewhile, to mine shall be but vile’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

vile

/vʌɪl/