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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Vile
  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." [Abp. Abbot.]
  2. Morally base or impure; depraved by sin; hateful in the sight of God and men; sinful; wicked; bad."Such vilebase practices." [Shak.]"Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee ?" [Job xl. 4.]
    synonyms: See Base.

Etymology: OE. vil, F. vil, from L. vilis cheap, worthless, vile, base

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Morally reprehensible ("the vile development of slavery appalled them")
  2. Causing or able to cause nausea

From Old French vil, from Latin vilis.

vile was also found in the following language(s): Albanian, Estonian, French, Italian, Latin, Old French, Serbo-Croatian, Slovene, Swahili, and Venetian

Notable Persons With the Last Name Vile

Kurt Vile is an indie rock, indie folk, and lo-fi music musician. He plays Guitar, Trumpet, Banjo, Keyboard instrument, and Vocals. He has been prominent since 2003. Kurt was given the name Kurt Samuel Vile on January 3rd, 1980 in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. Kurt is also known as El Cabrito Matador.


Sonja Davies was a member of parliament. Sonja was given the name Sonja Margaret Loveday Vile on November 11th, 1923 in Wallaceville, New Zealand. She left this life on June 12th, 2005.



Tommy was born on September 6th, 1882 in Newport, Wales. He died on October 30th, 1958.


Job was born in 1845. He died on December 6th, 1905.


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Popularity of Vile as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Vile U.S.
  White 93.12% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Vile

People with the last name Vile are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Vile

  • How Popular is the name Vile? As a last name Vile was the 51,176th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Vile first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Vile is Monday, February 14th, 1881.
  • How unique is the name Vile? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Vile. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Vile: Your name in reverse order is Eliv. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Leiv. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Vile? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 407 people with the last name Vile.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Vile? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Vile as their last name since less than 1 person in 714k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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