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Definition of "vile" []

  • Loathsome; disgusting: vile language. (adjective)
  • Unpleasant or objectionable: vile weather. See Synonyms at offensive. (adjective)
  • Contemptibly low in worth or account; second-rate. (adjective)
  • Of mean or low condition. (adjective)
  • Miserably poor and degrading; wretched: a vile existence. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "vile" in a sentence
  • "Hastert told reporters today that no Republican congressional leader saw what he calls vile and repulsive instant messages sent by Foley in 2003 until this past Friday."
  • "Buttonholed while crossing the court-house lawn, and backed into a corner between the county clerk's office and the jail, Shelby had to listen with what patience he might to her denunciation of what she called his vile concord with Belial."
  • "Who is here playing the overseer over white men -- who but he, who is throwing his filthy gall and assailing everybody as Northern Whig Dough-faces, and what he calls the vile slave-holders?"