Definition of vile adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    vile

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//vaɪl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//vaɪl//
     
    (viler, vilest)
     
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  1. 1(informal) extremely unpleasant or bad synonym disgusting a vile smell The weather was really vile most of the time. He was in a vile mood. Synonymsterribleawful horrible dreadful vile horrendousThese words all describe something that is very unpleasant.terrible very bad or unpleasant; making you feel unhappy, frightened, upset, ill, guilty or disapproving:What terrible news! That’s a terrible thing to say!awful (rather informal) very bad or unpleasant; used to describe something that you do not like or that makes you feel depressed, ill, guilty or disapproving:That’s an awful colour. The weather last summer was awful.horrible (rather informal) very unpleasant; used to describe something that you do not like:The coffee tasted horrible.dreadful (rather informal, especially British English) very bad or unpleasant; used to describe something that you do not like or that you disapprove of:What dreadful weather!vile (informal) extremely bad or unpleasant:There was a vile smell coming from the room. He was in a vile mood.horrendous (rather informal) extremely unpleasant and unacceptable:The traffic around the city was horrendous.Patterns terrible/​awful/​horrible/​dreadful for somebody a(n) terrible/​awful/​horrible/​dreadful/​vile thing a(n) terrible/​awful/​horrible/​vile smell terrible/​awful/​horrible/​dreadful/​vile/​horrendous conditions terrible/​awful/​horrible/​dreadful/​vile weather terrible/​awful/​dreadful news
  2. 2(formal) morally bad; completely unacceptable synonym wicked the vile practice of taking hostages
  3. Word Origin Middle English: via Old French from Latin vilis ‘of low value’.Extra examples a pretty vile thing to do a really vile smell It was a vile business from beginning to end. There was a vile smell coming from the locked room.
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