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

vile

adjective
vaɪl
 
; vaɪl
 
viler, vilest
 
1 (informal) extremely unpleasant or bad
Synonym
disgusting
a vile smellThe weather was really vile most of the time.He was in a vile mood.
2 (formal) morally bad; completely unacceptable
Synonym
wicked
the vile practice of taking hostages
vilely
ˈvaɪlli
 
; ˈvaɪlli
 
adverb
vileness
vaɪlnəs
 
; vaɪlnəs
 
noun [uncountable]
Usage noteUsage note: terribleawful 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.terrible/awful/horrible/dreadful for somebodya(n) terrible/awful/horrible/dreadful/vile thinga(n) terrible/awful/horrible/vile smellterrible/awful/horrible/dreadful/vile/horrendous conditionsterrible/awful/horrible/dreadful/vile weatherterrible/awful/dreadful news
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