From 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.]
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   1. Low; base; worthless; mean; despicable.
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            A poor man in vile raiment.           --James ii. 2.
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            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.
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            The inhabitants account gold but as a vile thing.
                                                  --Abp. Abbot.
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   2. Morally base or impure; depraved by sin; hateful in the
      sight of God and men; sinful; wicked; bad. "Such vile base
      practices." --Shak.
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            Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee ? --Job
                                                  xl. 4.
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   Syn: See Base.
        [1913 Webster] -- Vile"ly, adv. -- Vile"ness, n.
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