What does vile mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. despicable, ugly, vile, slimy, unworthy, worthless, wretchedadjective

    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, vileadjective

    causing or able to cause nausea

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


  1. vileadjective

    morally low; base; despicable

  2. Etymology: From vilis


  1. vile

    Vile generally refers to something extremely unpleasant, morally despicable, or of low value or quality. It is often used to describe detestable actions, attitudes, or behaviors.

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.

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  2. VILE

    What does VILE stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the VILE acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. VILE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Vile is ranked #51176 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Vile surname appeared 407 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Vile.

    93.1% or 379 total occurrences were White.
    5.4% or 22 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

Anagrams for vile »

  1. evil

  2. Levi

  3. live

  4. veil

  5. vlei

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  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

Examples of vile in a Sentence

  1. Kelvin Cochran:

    Naked men refuse to give in, so they pursue sexual fulfillment through multiple partners, with the opposite sex, the same sex, and sex outside of marriage and many other vile, vulgar and inappropriate ways which defile their body – temple and dishonor God. i did not single out homosexuality.

  2. Kevin Brackett:

    What these gentlemen did was take a courageous stand against an obnoxious and vile policy, it’s important that we publicly and legally recognize the wrongfulness of those convictions.

  3. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov:

    Islamic State is our main enemy at the moment. If only because hundreds of Russian citizens, hundreds of Europeans, hundreds of Americans fight alongside IS, they are already coming back... and to enjoy themselves could stage vile acts at home.

  4. William Shakespeare:

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

  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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