Vile (?), a. [Comp. Viler (?); superl. Vilest.] [OE. vil, F. vil, from L. vilis cheap, worthless, vile, base.]
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.
Morally base or impure; depraved by sin; hateful; in the sight of God and men; sinful; wicked; bad.
Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee ?
Job xl. 4.
Syn. -- See Base.
-- Vile"ly, adv. -- Vile"ness, n.
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