Vile Vile, a. [Comp. {Viler}; superl. {Vilest}.] [OE. vil, F. vil, from L. vilis cheap, worthless, vile, base.] [1913 Webster] 1. Low; base; worthless; mean; despicable. [1913 Webster]

A poor man in vile raiment. --James ii. 2. [1913 Webster]

The craft either of fishing, which was Peter's, or of making tents, which was Paul's, were [was] more vile than the science of physic. --Ridley. [1913 Webster]

The inhabitants account gold but as a vile thing. --Abp. Abbot. [1913 Webster]

2. Morally base or impure; depraved by sin; hateful; in the sight of God and men; sinful; wicked; bad. ``Such vile base practices.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee ? --Job xl. 4. [1913 Webster]

Syn: See {Base}. [1913 Webster] -- {Vile"ly}, adv. -- {Vile"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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