vile

[vahyl]
adjective, viler, vilest.
1.
wretchedly bad: a vile humor.
2.
highly offensive, unpleasant, or objectionable: vile slander.
3.
repulsive or disgusting, as to the senses or feelings: a vile odor.
4.
morally debased, depraved, or despicable: vile deeds.
5.
foul; filthy: vile language.
6.
poor; wretched: vile workmanship.
7.
of mean or low condition: a vile beggar.
8.
menial; lowly: vile tasks.
9.
degraded; ignominious: vile servitude.
10.
of little value or account; paltry: a vile recompense.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English vil < Old French < Latin vīlis of little worth, base, cheap

vilely, adverb
vileness, noun

vial, vile, viol.


1. See mean2. 3. repellent. 4. vicious, evil, iniquitous. 5. vulgar, obscene. 9, 10. contemptible. 10. trivial, trifling.


1. good. 4. elevated.
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vile (vaɪl)
 
adj
1.  abominably wicked; shameful or evil: the vile development of slavery appalled them
2.  morally despicable; ignoble: vile accusations
3.  disgusting to the senses or emotions; foul: a vile smell; vile epithets
4.  tending to humiliate or degrade: only slaves would perform such vile tasks
5.  unpleasant or bad: vile weather
6.  paltry: a vile reward
 
[C13: from Old French vil, from Latin vīlis cheap]
 
'vilely
 
adv
 
'vileness
 
n

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vile
early 13c. (implied in vilety), from Anglo-Fr. and O.Fr. vile, from L. vilis "cheap, worthless, base, common," of unknown origin. Related: Vilely.
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Your personal attributes have absolutely no bearing on the vileness of these positions.
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