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[filth] /fɪlθ/
offensive or disgusting dirt or refuse; foul matter:
the filth dumped into our rivers.
foul condition:
to live in filth.
moral impurity, corruption, or obscenity.
vulgar or obscene language or thought.
Origin of filth
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fȳlth. See foul, -th1 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for filth
  • Some children are mired in filth, dirt permanently clinging to their skin.
  • They're crowded into feedlots where they wallow in their own filth as they are larded up with saturated fat.
  • It's about the filth it promotes as if it's acceptable behavior.
  • His blood was bright against the crusting filth on his fingers.
  • The contempt she feels for the greed, filth and viciousness that she encounters is all the more compelling for being understated.
  • The flagstones are sticky with filth, and the red double-decker racetrack mere inches away.
  • Soon, though, maybe we'll be the ones taking advantage of their fondness for filth.
  • Underneath its filth and grossness one catches a glimpse of utter tragedy.
  • And you power powers behind what filth deals consummated in what lavatory to take what is not yours.
  • The end use product is contained in a trap that, when placed on the support mechanism, attracts and traps filth flies.
British Dictionary definitions for filth


foul or disgusting dirt; refuse
extreme physical or moral uncleanliness; pollution
vulgarity or obscenity, as in language
(derogatory, slang) the filth, the police
Word Origin
Old English fӯlth; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fūlitha; see foul, defile
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Word Origin and History for filth

Old English fylð "uncleanness, impurity," from Proto-Germanic *fulitho (cf. Old Saxon fulitha "foulness, filth," Dutch vuilte, Old High German fulida), noun derivative of *fulo- "foul" (see foul (adj.)). A classic case of i-mutation.

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