Mean vs. Vile

Mean vs. Vile — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Mean and Vile

Meanverb

To be used to convey; denote

"'The question is,' said Alice, 'whether you can make words mean so many different things'" (Lewis Carroll).

Vileadjective

Morally depraved; ignoble or wicked

a vile traitor.vile accusations.

Meanverb

To act as a symbol of; signify or represent

In this poem, the budding flower means youth.

Vileadjective

Disgusting; repulsive

vile effluent running down the city streets.

Meanverb

To intend to convey or indicate

"No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous" (Henry Adams).

Vileadjective

Unpleasant or objectionable

vile weather.

Meanverb

To have as a purpose or an intention; intend

I meant to go running this morning, but I overslept.

Vileadjective

Miserably poor and degrading; wretched

a vile existence.

Meanverb

To design, intend, or destine for a certain purpose or end

a building that was meant for storage.a student who was meant to be a scientist.

Vileadjective

Morally low; base; despicable.

Meanverb

To have as a consequence; bring about

Friction means heat.

Vileadjective

Causing physical or mental repulsion; horrid.

I glimpsed a vile squid-like creature in the depths.

Meanverb

To have the importance or value of

The opinions of the critics meant nothing to him. She meant so much to me.

Vileadjective

morally reprehensible;

would do something as despicable as murderugly crimesthe vile development of slavery appalled them

Meanverb

To have intentions of a specified kind; be disposed

They mean well but lack tact.

Vileadjective

thoroughly unpleasant;

filthy (or foul or nasty or vile) weather we're having

Meanadjective

Lacking in kindness; unkind

The teacher was not being mean in asking you to be quiet.

Vileadjective

causing or able to cause nausea;

a nauseating smellnauseous offala sickening stench

Meanadjective

Cruel, spiteful, or malicious

a mean boy who liked to make fun of others.

Meanadjective

Expressing spite or malice

gave me a mean look.

Meanadjective

Tending toward or characterized by cruelty or violence

mean streets.

Meanadjective

Extremely unpleasant or disagreeable

the meanest storm in years.

Meanadjective

Ignoble; base

a mean motive. ].

Meanadjective

Occupying a middle or intermediate position between two extremes.

Meanadjective

Intermediate in size, extent, quality, time, or degree; medium.

Meannoun

Something having a position, quality, or condition midway between extremes; a medium.

Meannoun

A number that typifies a set of numbers, such as a geometric mean or an arithmetic mean.

Meannoun

The average value of a set of numbers.

Meannoun

(Logic) The middle term in a syllogism.

Meannoun

means (used with a sing. or pl. verb) A method, a course of action, or an instrument by which an act can be accomplished or an end achieved.

Meannoun

Money, property, or other wealth

You ought to live within your means.

Meannoun

Great wealth

a woman of means.

Meanverb

To intend.

Meanverb

(transitive) To intend, to plan (to do); to have as one's intention.

I didn't mean to knock your tooth out.I mean to go to Baddeck this summer.I meant to take the car in for a smog check, but it slipped my mind.

Meanverb

(intransitive) To have intentions of a given kind.

Don't be angry; she meant well.

Meanverb

To intend (something) for a given purpose or fate; to predestine.

Actually this desk was meant for the subeditor.Man was not meant to question such things.

Meanverb

To convey meaning.

Meanverb

(transitive) To convey (a given sense); to signify, or indicate (an object or idea).

I'm afraid I don't understand what you mean.The sky is red this morning—does that mean we're in for a storm?

Meanverb

(transitive) Of a word, symbol etc: to have reference to, to signify.

What does this hieroglyph mean?

Meanverb

(transitive) To have conviction in (something said or expressed); to be sincere in (what one says).

Does she really mean what she said to him last night?Say what you mean and mean what you say.

Meanverb

(transitive) To result in; to bring about.

One faltering step means certain death.

Meanverb

(transitive) To be important (to).

My home life means a lot to me.

Meanverb

To lament.

Meanadjective

(obsolete) Common; general.

Meanadjective

Of a common or low origin, grade, or quality; common; humble.

a man of mean parentage/ a mean abode

Meanadjective

Low in quality or degree; inferior; poor; shabby.

a mean appearance/ mean dress

Meanadjective

Without dignity of mind; destitute of honour; low-minded; spiritless; base.

a mean motive

Meanadjective

Of little value or account; worthy of little or no regard; contemptible; despicable.

Meanadjective

Ungenerous; stingy, tightfisted; North American English: cheap; formal: niggardly, penurious, miserly.

He's so mean. I've never seen him spend so much as five pounds on presents for his children.

Meanadjective

Disobliging; pettily offensive or unaccommodating; small.

Meanadjective

Selfish; acting without consideration of others; unkind.

It was mean to steal the girl's piggy bank, but he just had to get uptown and he had no cash of his own.

Meanadjective

Causing or intending to cause intentional harm; bearing ill will towards another; cruel; malicious.

Watch out for her, she's mean. I said good morning to her, and she punched me in the nose.

Meanadjective

Powerful; fierce; harsh; damaging.

It must have been a mean typhoon that levelled this town.

Meanadjective

Accomplished with great skill; deft; hard to compete with.

Your mother can roll a mean cigarette.He hits a mean backhand.

Meanadjective

Difficult, tricky.

This problem is mean!

Meanadjective

Having the mean (see noun below) as its value.

Meanadjective

(obsolete) Middling; intermediate; moderately good, tolerable.

Meannoun

A method or course of action used to achieve some result.

Meannoun

An intermediate step or intermediate steps.

Meannoun

Something which is intermediate or in the middle; an intermediate value or range of values; a medium.

Meannoun

The middle part of three-part polyphonic music; now specifically, the alto part in polyphonic music; an alto instrument.

Meannoun

(statistics) The average of a set of values, calculated by summing them together and dividing by the number of terms; the arithmetic mean.

Meannoun

(mathematics) Any function of multiple variables that satisfies certain properties and yields a number representative of its arguments; or, the number so yielded; a measure of central tendency.

Meannoun

(mathematics) Either of the two numbers in the middle of a conventionally presented proportion, as 2 and 3 in 1:2=3:6.

Meannoun

an average of n numbers computed by adding some function of the numbers and dividing by some function of n

Meanverb

mean or intend to express or convey;

You never understand what I mean!what do his words intend?

Meanverb

have as a logical consequence;

The water shortage means that we have to stop taking long showers

Meanverb

denote or connote;

`maison' means `house' in FrenchAn example sentence would show what this word means

Meanverb

have in mind as a purpose;

I mean no harmI only meant to help youShe didn't think to harm meWe thought to return early that night

Meanverb

have a specified degree of importance;

My ex-husband means nothing to meHappiness means everything

Meanverb

intend to refer to;

I'm thinking of good food when I talk about FranceYes, I meant you when I complained about people who gossip!

Meanverb

destine or designate for a certain purpose;

These flowers were meant for you

Meanadjective

approximating the statistical norm or average or expected value;

the average income in New England is below that of the nationof average height for his agethe mean annual rainfall

Meanadjective

characterized by malice;

a hateful thing to doin a mean mood

Meanadjective

having or showing an ignoble lack of honor or morality;

that liberal obedience without which your army would be a base rabbletaking a mean advantagechok'd with ambition of the meaner sortsomething essentially vulgar and meanspirited in politics

Meanadjective

excellent;

famous for a mean backhand

Meanadjective

marked by poverty befitting a beggar;

a beggarly existence in the slumsa mean hut

Meanadjective

used of persons or behavior; characterized by or indicative of lack of generosity;

a mean personhe left a miserly tip

Meanadjective

used of sums of money; so small in amount as to deserve contempt