ex·​cre·​ment | \ ˈek-skrə-mənt How to pronounce excrement (audio) \

Definition of excrement

: waste matter discharged from the body especially : feces

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Other Words from excrement

excremental \ ˌek-​skrə-​ˈmen-​tᵊl How to pronounce excremental (audio) \ adjective
excrementitious \ ˌek-​skrə-​ˌmen-​ˈti-​shəs How to pronounce excrementitious (audio) , -​mən-​ \ adjective

Examples of excrement in a Sentence

an ordinance that requires dog walkers to remove their animal's excrement from city streets

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Horrifying enough, the book indicates that Beverly's tea cup is actually full of excrement — which is, of course, appropriate given that Pennywise's lair lies in town's sewage system underground. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The 'It Chapter 2' Trailer Has So Many Hidden Easter Eggs," 10 May 2019 Performance artist Luis Manuel Otero attempted in July to cover himself with his own excrement in front of the emblematic Capitolio—the domed building housing the Communist legislature. Santiago Pérez, WSJ, "‘Absolute Control’: Cuba Steps Up Artistic Censorship," 25 Dec. 2018 Police said See was arrested and charged with littering and disorderly conduct after allegedly chucking the animal excrement at the restaurant, ABC 13 reported. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Red Hen protester allegedly threw chicken feces at eatery, police say," 28 June 2018 What’s worse than having to clean urine and excrement off the floor (hopefully only the floor) of your own house? Helene Rubinstein, Popular Mechanics, "How to Housebreak a Puppy," 30 Nov. 2018 Some of the latrines are piled high with fly-riddled excrement, which seeps out the sides during downpours. Kristen Gelineau, Fox News, "Nowhere to run: Rohingya hunker down as monsoon arrives," 17 July 2018 At the Central Library alone, the bills for cleaning up human urine and excrement outside the building are substantial, said library director Rivkah Sass. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Homeless people lack bathrooms in Sacramento. Here's where they may get new facilities," 3 July 2018 These massive flocks played an important ecological role, breaking branches to allow sunlight to rejuvenate forests and enriching the soil with their excrement. Amy Dockser Marcus, WSJ, "Meet the Scientists Bringing Extinct Species Back From the Dead," 9 Oct. 2018 From February to the start of July, the museum put the extracted excrement on exhibit, describing it as something like the picture of Dorian Gray but for society: the dark, disgusting side of ourselves. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "London museum is livestreaming a key 21st-century artifact—festering sewage," 18 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of excrement

1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for excrement

Latin excrementum, from excernere

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English Language Learners Definition of excrement

formal : solid waste passed out of the body


ex·​cre·​ment | \ ˈek-skrə-mənt How to pronounce excrement (audio) \

Medical Definition of excrement

: waste matter discharged from the body especially : feces

Other Words from excrement

excremental \ ˌek-​skrə-​ˈment-​ᵊl How to pronounce excremental (audio) \ adjective
excrementitious \ -​ˌmen-​ˈtish-​əs How to pronounce excrementitious (audio) \ adjective

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