Advanced and Proficiency Vocabulary for Exams(e.g.GRE, Banks, Civil Services, SAT / LSAT). For IELTS/TOEFL, and everyday spoken vocabulary, go to our Spoken Vocabulary Database.
Somebody or something considered to be ‘vile’ is so despicable or loathsome that they generate disgust. It is a very strong word that suggests depravity, filth, and a sense of unacceptability. As it is quite a dramatic and forceful adjective, it can also be used for effect when discussing something like a taste or smell.
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I can’t believe Sarah would do something so mean and cruel. What an absolutely vile person she turned out to be!
Due to the particular vileness of his crimes, the judge sentenced the defendant to life without the possibility of parole.
I don’t know what my flatmate is cooking, but it smells utterly vile! I think I’ll stay out of the kitchen for a while.