Middle English Dictionary Entry

vileinǒus adj.
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Note: Cp. vileins adj.
1.
Of a person: (a) ?of low birth, common [may belong to (b)]; (b) ill-bred, unrefined; ill-mannered, boorish, churlish; (c) morally corrupt, depraved.
2.
(a) Of words, language, etc.: offensive, contemptuous, abusive; (b) of an action or a state: unseemly, unbecoming, unkind; of thoughts: vile, despicable; of shame: degrading, humiliating; (c) of death: agonizing, excruciating; (d) of a prison: very unpleasant, horrible.