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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ What makes Murdoch so vile is the same thing that makes him such a good entrepreneur.
▪ The deal was so mean, so vile, that even the investment bankers gagged.
▪ But the trouble was, he was so vile I couldn't respect him.
▪ Ironic that so noble an edifice should house so vile an organisation.
▪ How many people does one suppose really are so vile, so unbalanced, so neurotic, so decadent as to do this?
▪ What could the man have done that had been so vile?
▪ Who is here so vile that will not love his country?
vile language
▪ The Vietnam era is a vile period in American history.
▪ But the trouble was, he was so vile I couldn't respect him.
▪ The deal was so mean, so vile, that even the investment bankers gagged.
▪ Without impugning the motives of any believer in this, I point out that it reeks of a vile and dangerous racism.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Vile \Vile\, a. [Comp. Viler; 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.

    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. [1913 Webster] -- Vile"ly, adv. -- Vile"ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 13c., "morally repugnant; morally flawed, corrupt, wicked; of no value; of inferior quality; disgusting, foul, ugly; degrading, humiliating; of low estate, without worldly honor or esteem," from Anglo-French ville, Old French vil "shameful, dishonorable; low-born; cheap; ugly, hideous," from Latin vilis "cheap, worthless, base, common," of uncertain origin, perhaps from PIE root *wes- (1) "to buy, sell" (see venal). Related: Vilely; vileness; vilety (early 13c.).


a. morally low; base; despicable

  1. adj. morally reprehensible; "would do something as despicable as murder"; "ugly crimes"; "the vile development of slavery appalled them" [syn: despicable, ugly, unworthy]

  2. thoroughly unpleasant; "filthy (or foul or nasty or vile) weather we're having" [syn: filthy, foul, nasty]

  3. causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench" [syn: nauseating, nauseous, noisome, loathsome, offensive, sickening]


Vile may refer to:

Vile (editor)

vile is a text editor that attempts to combine the best aspects of the popular Emacs and vi editors. These editors are traditionally located on opposing sides of the editor wars, as users of Emacs and vi tend to have strong sentiments against the editor they do not use; however, vile at least attempts to reconcile these positions.

vile is an acronym which stands for "VI Like Emacs". vile is featured in Chapter 12 of the O'Reilly book "Learning the vi Editor". The program is also known as xvile for the X Window System, and as winvile for Microsoft Windows.

vile was created and originally maintained by Paul Fox. In 1996, maintenance was taken over by Thomas Dickey, who had provided many major contributions to the codebase over the preceding years.

Vile (film)

Vile is a 2011 horror film following ten kidnapped captives who have 22 hours to mount an escape from a locked room, and must endure excruciating pain in order to win their freedom.

Vile (album)

Vile is the fifth studio album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse. It was released in 1996 through Metal Blade Records. It was originally titled Created to Kill (which is featured in the Cannibal Corpse Box set) and was recorded with founding vocalist Chris Barnes. Before the album was released, Barnes was dismissed from the band, which then brought in Monstrosity vocalist George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher to finish the album's vocal work. Fisher re-recorded all of the vocal tracks and the band released the album under the new title Vile. Vile also marks the last album featuring guitarist Rob Barrett until Kill, and features a brand new band logo, because the previous logo was owned and trademarked by the departing Chris Barnes.

During the Vile sessions, "The Undead Will Feast" from Eaten Back to Life was re-recorded with Fisher on vocals. This version of the song would first appear as the only bonus track on a Japanese import edition of Vile. Then on the Worm Infested EP in 2003.

The album was re-released in 2006 with new liner notes and a bonus DVD (entitled "Vile Live") featuring a full concert from the Vile tour, during which many songs from the album are performed. Vile was the first death metal album to appear on the Billboard 200 chart, debuting at No.151.

It was also the last Cannibal Corpse album to feature Scott Burns as producer.

Vile (band)

Vile is an American death metal band, formed in 1996 in Concord, California by guitarist-producer Colin E. Davis (who is now the only original member in the line-up) and singer Juan Urteaga, recruiting the rest of the band from the ranks of disbanded groups such as Lords of Chaos, Entropy, Sporadic Psychosis and Thanatopsis. Vile toured the United States and Europe several times since their inception in 1996 including with Cannibal Corpse in 2004. Their most recent tour was of Japan in December 2013.

The band has released four studio albums between 1999 and 2011 and re-released their demos and some live material on Rare Tracks, distributed by Hammerheart Records. The band started recording of the fourth album Metamorphosis on January 25, 2009, which was released in late 2011 by Willowtip Records in North America and Hammerheart Records in Europe.

Vile found publicity in the late 90's when members of the band Cannibal Corpse praised their sound and wore their T shirts in publicity photos. Although Vile's sound has a wide variety of influences, their first album contained riffs clearly influenced by Cannibal Corpse and the name Vile itself is the title of an album by Cannibal Corpse. Founding member Davis has stated that these relations were unintentional and his biggest early influence was the Florida band Morbid Angel. Vile is known for high standards in musicianship and studio quality, and Davis produced and recorded their albums, sometimes in coordination with singer Juan Urteaga.

Several members of the band have held positions in other well known extreme metal bands including Mike Hruboccak and Michael Poggione (both Monstrosity), Mike Hamilton ( Deeds of Flesh, Exhumed), Reno Kiilerich ( Dimmu Borgir, Hate Eternal), J.J. Hrubovcak ( Hate Eternal), James Lee ( Origin).

Vile (surname)

Vile is a British surname which may refer to:

  • Kris Vile, born 1989, Professional skateboarder.
  • Curt Vile, pen name of Alan Moore (born 1953), English writer of comic books
  • Job Vile (1845–1905), independent conservative Member of New Zealand Parliament
  • Kurt Vile (born 1980), American guitarist and singer
  • Tommy Vile (1882-1958), Welsh international rugby union player, served with distinction during the Great War and became High Sheriff of Monmouthshire for 1945.
  • William Vile (1700-1767), English cabinetmaker of distinction rivaling contemperaries such as Chippingdale.
  • Albion Vile (1843-1909), Marine engineer and inventor of improvements to the compound steam engine, part of the British development of steam engines that would power our great ships of the era, including the Dreadnought battleships and Titanic

The origin of the name is most likely from Danish a village or coastal area of Denmark that still exists today and named after the Norse pagan god Vile (Vili) the brother of Oden who created the earth with their brother Vi.

Other than Latin or French corruptions of the name Vile there is no real evidence of the surname in Britain prior to the 17th century. At the end of the 17th century there is a lot of evidence of an influx of people named Vile in areas of Somerset, South Wales, London and indeed to the USA and other British colonies including India.

France in 1685 decided to throw out their Protestant "Huguenots", some 500,000 people were effected.

It is well known that the "Norse" population of southern Europe favored the Protestant teaching of Luther and Calvin this would have branded them for expulsion.

In Somerset the influx of Huguenot immigrants named Vile coincides with the dreadful events of 1685 and the Monmouth uprising. The subsequent murder and enslavement of hundreds if not thousands of Somerset men under the order of James the 2nd, John Churchill and Judge Jeffreys. Samuel Vile was hung drawn and quartered as a result of these dreadful actions in Frome Somerset during September 1685.

The Monmouth uprising caused Somerset to be deprived of a generation of breadwinners they desperately needed to replace them and the Huguenots were welcomed with open arms.

Usage examples of "vile".

And since according to those same canonical institutions all such are to be condemned as heretics, but you holding to wiser counsel and returning to the bosom of our Holy Mother the Church have abjured, as we have said, all vile heresy, therefore we absolve you from the sentence of excommunication by which you were deservedly bound as one hateful to the Church of God.

The evidence of a vile murder disappeared into the French countryside, and its perpetrator, Cardinal Jean-Francois Blasi, now held the key to the secrets of the Council of the Apocrypha and consequently, their two closely-guarded monasteries: des Gardiens and del Cancello.

One endearing charm is the way these yellow fellows take their atabrine tablets, pills which are so vile tasting that our men even wash them down with GI lemonade.

They have brought in materialism, atheism, class war, weak happiness ideals, race suicide, social atomism, racial promiscuity, decadence in the arts, erotomania, disintegration of the family, private and public dishonor, slatternly feminism, economic fluctuation and catastrophe, civil war in the family of Europe, planned degeneration of the youth through vile films and literature, and through neurotic doctrines in education.

Round the corner was another street which seemed much calmer, although again I was deceived, for this Drury Lane was accounted one of the most vile and dangerous in the city, full of bawds and cutthroats.

The air was hot and stifling, her hair and bedgown were absolutely plastered to her with sweat, and someone was burning some vile herb in the fireplace.

After the scene which had taken place, the vile crowd of prisoners stood gazing at me in stupid silence, and Marazzini came up to me and begged me to use my offices for him.

You have behaved to me as if I were the vilest of prostitutes, and yesterday you seemed to think I was a brute beast, the slave of my mother.

Constantine, with his hands tied behind his back, was beheaded in prison like the vilest malefactor.

She was right impressed to be serving a man of the cloth, which I was back in those days, and I converted the bejabbers out of her three or four times a day, which made my incarceration in durance vile a mite easier to take.

The second was a seventeen-year-old who was the ringleader of the gang, a vile bigot who earlier had fired a shot into the home of the couple.

This is a package of so-called bracky weed, a vile and noxious substance found in his possession.

Dolfin then came on deck, but they were compelled to listen to the chaplain, and to promise, in order to pacify the vile rabble, that they would land me at the first opportunity.

After living for two or three years in the vilest haunts in London, Lucie came to Holland, where, not being able to sell her own person any longer, she became a procuress --a natural ending to her career.

This invasion of the royal palace by the roistering canaille, this vile insult to royalty, was an affront beyond endurance.