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foulness

[foul-nis] /ˈfaʊl nɪs/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being foul:
The foulness of the accusation incensed us all.
2.
something that is foul; foul matter; filth.
Origin
1150
before 1150; Middle English; Old English fūlnes. See foul, -ness
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  • The foulness revealed by the tapes retains its shock value.
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British Dictionary definitions for foulness

foulness

/ˈfaʊlnɪs/
noun
1.
the state or quality of being foul
2.
obscenity; vulgarity
3.
viciousness or inhumanity
4.
foul matter; filth

Foulness

/faʊlˈnɛs/
noun
1.
a flat marshy island in SE England, in Essex north of the Thames estuary
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Word Origin and History for foulness
n.

Old English fulness "foulness, filthy smell;" see foul (adj.) + -ness.

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