dung·​hill | \ ˈdəŋ-ˌhil How to pronounce dunghill (audio) \

Definition of dunghill

1 : a heap of dung
2 : something (such as a situation or condition) that is repulsive or degraded

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Recent Examples on the Web In Shakespeare, Cade’s corpse ends up tossed over a dunghill. Alex Beam, BostonGlobe.com, "Stephen Greenblatt’s ‘Tyrant’ joins this year’s crop of hate reads," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of dunghill

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dunghill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dunghill. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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