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filth

[filth] /fɪlθ/
noun
1.
offensive or disgusting dirt or refuse; foul matter:
the filth dumped into our rivers.
2.
foul condition:
to live in filth.
3.
moral impurity, corruption, or obscenity.
4.
vulgar or obscene language or thought.
Origin of filth
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English fȳlth. See foul, -th1
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  • So Ishikola, whose tambo was water, was crusted with the filth of years.

    Jerry of the Islands Jack London
  • Rags and tidiness, filth and cleanliness, lay almost touching.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The sweet, soft, pure rains, soon as they touch the flood are changed into filth.

  • The posters, maculated with filth, garnished like tapestry the sweep of the curbstone.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The filth of their long beards made these men still more repulsive.

    Adieu Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for filth

filth

/fɪlθ/
noun
1.
foul or disgusting dirt; refuse
2.
extreme physical or moral uncleanliness; pollution
3.
vulgarity or obscenity, as in language
4.
(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
n.

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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