Vile a. [Comp. Viler superl. Vilest.]
1. Low; base; worthless; mean; despicable.
A poor man in vile raiment. --James ii. 2.
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.
The inhabitants account gold but as a vile thing. --Abp. Abbot.
2. Morally base or impure; depraved by sin; hateful in the sight of God and men; sinful; wicked; bad. “Such vile base practices.”
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee ? --Job xl. 4.
Syn: -- See Base.
-- Vile*ly, adv. -- Vile*ness, n.
n 1: the quality of being wicked [syn: nefariousness, wickedness]
2: the quality of being disgusting to the senses or emotions
[syn: loathsomeness, repulsiveness, sliminess]