dirty word

noun

Definition of dirty word

: a word, expression, or idea that is disagreeable or unpopular in a particular frame of reference

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Examples of dirty word in a Sentence

The movie is just a lot of sex, violence, and dirty words. They regard “taxes” as a dirty word. The way he acts, you'd think compassion was a dirty word.
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Ambition is often a dirty word when it is used to describe women and Love is no exception. Lisawhill, Longreads, "Live Through This: Courtney Love at 55," 9 July 2019 Compromise doesn’t have to be a dirty word in politics. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: California legislature should pass compromise vaccine bill," 25 June 2019 The risk of public humiliation is much lower, especially if your dirty words are in response to someone else’s. Nona Willis Aronowitz, Teen Vogue, "When Is It Safe to Send a Partner Nude Photos?," 2 May 2019 Polls are showing increasing support for socialism, once a dirty word in American political discourse. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "Socialism rises in Democratic Party as primary season of upsets comes to close," 18 Sep. 2018 Stubborn is just a dirty word for driven, and driven people get things done. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Advice for Leading a Successful Outdoor Life," 12 June 2018 Aging has become something of a dirty word in our society. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Loyola's Sister Jean, feeling fine and having fun, is an example for us all," 26 Mar. 2018 Dilution is not a dirty word, and the idea that somehow entrepreneur founders should get something valuable for free does not resonate with this aging angel investor. Neil Senturia, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Ad Astra accelerator gives female-led San Diego startups a boost," 2 July 2018 For many high-octane professionals like Roosevelt, retirement is a dirty word. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, "For many high-octane professionals, retirement is not an option," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of dirty word

circa 1774, in the meaning defined above

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dirty word

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dirty word

: an offensive word
: a word, subject, or idea that is disliked by some people

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