[syn: loathsomeness, repulsiveness, sliminess, vileness, lousiness, wickedness]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Vile \Vile\ (v[imac]l), a. [Comp. Viler (v[imac]l"[~e]r);
superl. Vilest.] [OE. vil, F. vil, from L. vilis cheap,
worthless, vile, base.]
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.
2. Morally base or impure; depraved by sin; hateful in the
sight of God and men; sinful; wicked; bad. "Such vile base
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee ? --Job
Syn: See Base.
[1913 Webster] -- Vile"ly, adv. -- Vile"ness, n.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the quality of being wicked [syn: nefariousness,
wickedness, vileness, ugliness]
2: the quality of being disgusting to the senses or emotions;
"the vileness of his language surprised us" [syn:
loathsomeness, repulsiveness, sliminess, vileness,