What does vile mean?

Definitions for vilevaɪl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word vile.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. despicable, ugly, vile, slimy, unworthy, worthless, wretched(adj)

    morally reprehensible

    "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them"; "a slimy little liar"

  2. nauseating, nauseous, noisome, queasy, loathsome, offensive, sickening, vile(adj)

    causing or able to cause nausea

    "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench"


  1. vile(Adjective)

    morally low; base; despicable

  2. Origin: From vilis

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vile

    low; base; worthless; mean; despicable

  2. Vile

    morally base or impure; depraved by sin; hateful; in the sight of God and men; sinful; wicked; bad


  1. vile

    vile is a text editor that attempts to combine the best aspects of the popular Emacs and vi editors. These editors are traditionally located on opposing sides of the editor wars, as users of Emacs and vi tend to have strong sentiments against the editor they do not use; however, vile at least attempts to reconcile these positions. vile is an acronym which stands for "VI Like Emacs". vile is featured in Chapter 12 of the O'Reilly book "Learning the vi Editor". The program is also known as xvile for the X Window System, and as winvile for Microsoft Windows. vile was created and originally maintained by Paul Fox. In 1996, maintenance was taken over by Thomas Dickey, who had provided many major contributions to the codebase over the preceding years.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Vile

    vīl, adj. worthless: mean: morally impure: wicked: (B.) poor, cheap.—adv. Vile′ly.—n. Vile′ness.—ns. Vilificā′tion, act of vilifying: defamatory speech: abuse; Vil′ifīer.—v.t. Vil′ify, to make vile: to attempt to degrade by slander: to defame:—pa.t. and pa.p. vil′ifīed.v.t. Vil′ipend, to slander, vilify.—v.i. to use vilification. [Fr.,—L. vilis.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. vile

    1. Anything that serves; whatever is useful. 2. Something done or thought by some one else.

Anagrams for vile »

  1. live

  2. Levi

  3. vlei

  4. veil

  5. evil


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of vile in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of vile in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. William Shakespeare:

    Self-loving is not so vile a sin, my liege, as self-neglecting.

  2. Goodwill Zwelithini:

    We need to make sure no more foreigners are attacked. We must stop these vile acts.

  3. Oscar Wilde, The Ballad of Reading Gaol:

    Vile deeds like poison weeds bloom well in prison air, it is only what is good in man, that wastes and withers there.

  4. Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, 1776:

    All for ourselves and nothing for other people seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.

  5. W. Somerset Maugham:

    The nature of men and women - their essential nature - is so vile and despicable that if you were to portray a person as he really is, no one would believe you.

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