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Base vs Low vs Vile

Base, low, vile mean contemptible because beneath what is expected of the average man.

What is base excites indignation because devoid of all nobility or even of humanity; the term usually implies the setting (as through cowardice or avarice) of self-interest ahead of duty to others.

What is low outrages one's sense of decency or propriety. The term, when implying moral contemptibility, often suggests a taking advantage (as by cunning, deceit, or other devious practice) of a person who is helpless or not in a position to defend himself.

Low also is often used of persons, thoughts, language, or actions that strongly offend one's sense of propriety.

What is vile is inexpressibly base or low; the word often implies disgusting foulness or depravity.