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part of speech: adjective
inflections: viler, vilest
definition 1: extremely bad, disgusting, or unpleasant.
The vile way she spoke to her children was appalling.You'd better leave him alone; he's in a vile mood.The thieves left the house in a vile mess.There was a vile smell coming from the apartment.
disgusting, repellent, repulsive
similar words:
abhorrent, abominable, beastly, deplorable, disagreeable, foul, loathsome, nasty, obnoxious, odious, offensive, repugnant, revolting, sickening, unpleasant
definition 2: morally base or socially objectionable.
He left his former life behind and fell into vile habits.The townspeople considered her a vile woman and refused to speak to her.
base, depraved, despicable, objectionable, opprobrious, reprehensible, sordid
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abominable, atrocious, bad, blameworthy, contemptible, corrupt, deplorable, evil, grubby, heinous, ignoble, immoral, iniquitous, low, miscreant, nasty, nefarious, obscene, reprobate, sinful, squalid, ugly, wicked, wretched
definition 3: wretchedly poor or degraded.
Many children die from disease in these vile living conditions.
abject, degraded, poor, wretched
similar words:
abysmal, deplorable, destitute, disagreeable, dismal, horrid, miserable, seedy, shabby, sorry, squalid
definition 4: of little worth or significance; paltry.
He handed over the vile sum that was all the money he had.
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insignificant, measly, nugatory, piddling, pitiful, slight, trifling, trivial
derivation: vilely (adv.)