vile

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj vile morally reprehensible "would do something as despicable as murder","ugly crimes","the vile development of slavery appalled them","a slimy little liar"
    • adj vile causing or able to cause nausea "a nauseating smell","nauseous offal","a sickening stench"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Vile Low; base; worthless; mean; despicable. "A poor man in vile raiment.""The craft either of fishing, which was Peter's, or of making tents, which was Paul's, were [was] more vile than the science of physic.""The inhabitants account gold but as a vile thing."
    • Vile Morally base or impure; depraved by sin; hateful in the sight of God and men; sinful; wicked; bad. "Such vile base practices.""Behold, I am vile ; what shall I answer thee ?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • vile Of small value; held in little esteem; low; base; mean; worthless; despicable.
    • vile Morally base or impure; depraved; bad; wicked; abject; villainous; shameful: frequently used as an epithet of opprobrium, contempt, disgust, or odium generally.
    • vile Synonyms Contemptible, beggarly, pitiful, scurvy, shabby.
    • vile Groveling, ignoble, foul, knavish.
    • n vile A vile thing.
    • vile To mako vile.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Vile vīl worthless: mean: morally impure: wicked:
    • v.i Vile to use vilification
    • adj Vile vīl (B.) poor, cheap
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Quotations

  • Korner
    Korner
    “No scoundrel is so stupid as to not find a reason for his vile conduct.”
  • R. W. Riis
    R. W. Riis
    “We are decent 99 percent of the time, when we could easily be vile.”
  • Albert Camus
    Albert%20Camus
    “We used to wonder where war lived, what it was that made it so vile. And now we realize that we know where it lives, that it is inside ourselves.”
  • John Dennis
    John Dennis
    “A man who could make so vile a pun would not scruple to pick a pocket.”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “O, what a world of vile ill-favored faults, looks handsome in three hundred pounds a year!”
  • William Shakespeare
    William%20Shakespeare
    “Self-love, is not so vile a sin as self-neglecting.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. vil, F. vil, from L. vilis, cheap, worthless, vile, base
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. vilis.

Usage

In literature:

It was the successful pleading of the Princess Genevra that kept him from serving a period in durance vile.
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
Had fate been less vile, thought Flora, this house might have been his, and so hers in the happy event of his demise.
"Kincaid's Battery" by George W. Cable
Curses the vile women, and their potions.
"Clarissa, Volume 7" by Samuel Richardson
The vile curses with which they had addressed me in the morning were now silenced.
"A Mind That Found Itself" by Clifford Whittingham Beers
Bull's turn came, and in his story the vile element again appeared.
"Eric" by Frederic William Farrar
He is sick of the remembrance of his vile plots.
"Clarissa, Or The History Of A Young Lady, Volume 8" by Samuel Richardson
Vile, barbarous, plotting, destructive man!
"Clarissa Harlowe, Volume 9 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
She could not, however, help laughing at the vile English into which they were translated.
"The Love Letters of Dorothy Osborne to Sir William Temple, 1652-54"
But one can't exist on a collection of gems in a vile binding.
"The Purple Heights" by Marie Conway Oemler
Best, because the sin would get so vile that the man in God's image would want to turn it out, and get God back.
"Quiet Talks about Jesus" by S. D. Gordon
The dingy decanters could not disguise the vile hue of wine bought by the pint at the nearest wineshop.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
And yet, in spite of this, she pined for him, and bewailed her own vile condition.
"Tales of Old Japan" by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
Sure he waged war with the vile usurper, and won back our mother's lands for her!
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
Their clothing is vile and poor.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume VI" by Robert Kerr
How quickly the man tears open those eyes that would so willingly be closed to his vileness!
"Six Women" by Victoria Cross
Therefore it is vile to rob you.
"The Waters of Edera" by Louise de la Ramée, a.k.a. Ouida
Materialism, abject as it is, is less vile than that.
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
All that she knew was that she disliked the man at first sight, while his vile speech made her ears tingle with shame.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
I cannot believe that human nature can be so vile, so miserably cunning and treacherous.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
Out upon the vile necromancer!
"The Well of Saint Clare" by Anatole France
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In poetry:

My life is vile
I hate it so
I'll wait awhile
And then I'll go.
"The Reason" by Stevie Smith
From dust thou gav'st me birth,
When but a clod of earth,
And with thy form didst grace
A creature vile and base.
"Thanks For Our Election, And Several Spiritual Gifts" by Rees Prichard
"Thou of the God-lent crown,
Shall these vile creatures dare
Murmur against thee where
The knees of kings kneel down?"
"King Solomon and the Ants" by John Greenleaf Whittier
How have I wandered from my God!
And, following sin and shame,
In this vile world of flesh and blood
Defiled my nobler frame!
"Hymn 22 part 2" by Isaac Watts
I was once far from civilization,
As vile as a Negro could be;
I wondered if all the creation,
Could save a poor Negro like me.
"From Degradation Through Supplication To Education. The Negro." by Frank Barbour Coffin
When his kind visits make thee see
He's precious, thou art vile;
Then mark the hand of God with thee,
Thy Husband gives a smile.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine

In news:

Most vile pickup line ever.
Kurt Vile and the Violators.
The NAACP joins with the U of Minnesota to spread this vile message.
Mel Gibson was caught on tape spewing a vile, hate-filled racist rant and RadarOnline.com has exclusively obtained the audio proof.
"I know this record has broader appeal, and if that means I'm pissing some people off who thought I was, like, their lo-fi savior or something, I don't know " Kurt Vile lets the thought trail off.
Jason Babin Reacts To Eagles Fans' ' Vile ' Chants.
PREVIEW Walking around the streets of his hometown Philly, Kurt Vile is on the other end of the phone talking about his various fixations and some of his musical dopplegangers.
Vile Red Falcons' are back at it on the heels of the release of their first full-length studio album.
Kurt Vile & The Violators.
Reviews of Kurt Vile , Woody Pines, Charles Bradley, Iron & Wine, Guided by Voices.
Kurt Vile 's music is wise beyond its years.
Vile -Varmint Pumpkins How-To.
Kurt Vile turns it down a notch.
Kurt Vile Guest DJing on Cupcakes For Lunch.
Kurt Vile and the Violators are scheduled to perform Tuesday, October 27.
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