vi-al / ˈvī(ə)l
1. a small container typically made of glass, meant for holding liquids
…whether you take poison from a vial or pour it into Bavarian crystal, it is still poison.
Maya Angelou, 1928-2014
vile / vīl
1. morally despicable
A beautiful shell that houses a vile soul becomes sullied over time.
from ‘Defy’ by Sara B. Larson, ?-
2. very unpleasant
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!
from ‘The Lyrics of Lowly Life’ by Paul Laurence Dunbar, 1872-1906
3. foul; filthy
They used vile language around him constantly.
from ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens’ by Sean Covey, 1964-
4. of low condition; common
It was a truly vile place, and only ever became worse as the centuries rolled by.
Dan Davis, ?-
A vile and overbearing temper becomes sometimes, in one long accustomed to the exercise of power, unendurable to those who are subject to its humors.
Samuel Freeman Miller, 1816-1890