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durance vile

A lengthy prison sentence. “Durance” meant “duration,” and “vile” has its contemporary meaning of loathsome. That pretty well described long-term incarceration from the Middle Ages down to much of today's world.
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Nay, thou naughty varlet," quoth the Sheriff, turning his head and looking right grimly upon Will Stutely, "thou shalt have no sword but shall die a mean death, as beseemeth a vile thief like thee.
Shrive thyself, thou vile knave, for I mean that thou shalt hang this day, and that where three roads meet, so that all men shall see thee hang, for carrion crows and daws to peck at.
Yes; if I have a sin, a great sin, it is hatred of that vile woman
Fetch me the bundle, hag," replied De Vac, "and you shall have gold against a final settlement; more even than we bargained for if all goes well and thou holdest thy vile tongue.
The vile language ascribed to Watson was so voluminously and unspeakably vile, that he felt they were injuring their own case.
You know I did not, but let me tell you that I'd a thousand times rather shake hands with him and his vile following of curs, than with you.
As though that godless calumny was not enough--this vile creature attacks me
Viewing and downloading such vile pictures creates a market for them.
MLA Krishna Hegde is being reconsidered for Vile Parle after he lost to BJP in LS polls.
The "Krrish 3" actor was welcomed with cheers from over 10,000 spectators in Vile Parle.
When challenged over their behaviour, the men subjected all three victims to a barrage of abuse and vile language.
Leeds chief executive Shaun Harvey said: "In an age when so much has been done to improve the game's image it is sickening that these vile chants can still be heard in and around stadiums up and down the country.
Holly re-Tweeted the message to her followers, adding: "Aw my son has just seen that vile tweet and is upset now
Now mother Hazel is set to call in police after evil internet bullies began posting vile abuse on a poignant tribute website.
Kurt Vile and the Violators, Glasser, Small Black and Ty Segall join the critically acclaimed band on stage at Club Deville on March 18