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Definition of filth

1 : foul or putrid matter especially : loathsome dirt or refuse
2a : moral corruption or defilement
b : something that tends to corrupt or defile

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Examples of filth in a Sentence

He emerged from the cellar covered in filth. the filth of the slaughterhouse living in filth and squalor
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Recent Examples on the Web Life becomes a debilitating series of social-worker visits, neighbor arguments, complaints about filth. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, "Acasa, My Home Shows the Poetry and Peril of a Life Off the Grid," 16 Jan. 2021 Instead of attempting to improve conditions for those in detention, Biden will have the chance to power-wash the filth away in one fell swoop by stopping most immigration detention altogether. Felipe De La Hoz, The New Republic, "Joe Biden Doesn’t Need the GOP’s Permission to Fix Our Broken Immigration System," 25 Dec. 2020 Shupe is a true queen of filth, expert at spinning heartfelt love stories alongside tantalizingly wicked scenarios. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: November romances bring mischief, star-crossed lovers, and hot dukes," 4 Dec. 2020 Without a way to remove sewage from their homes, people live in filth. Joumana Khatib, New York Times, "16 New Books to Watch for in November," 29 Oct. 2020 Surely this piece of filth should be destroyed immediately. Smithsonian Magazine, "Readers Respond to the October 2020 Issue," 22 Oct. 2020 As Danielle noted yesterday, the social networks still struggle to police themselves and stop toxic filth from spreading. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Is Netflix recreating the old broadcast TV network?," 16 Oct. 2020 Even in 2014, when trash collectors struck, the revelry continued amid the filth. Manuela Andreoni, New York Times, "The Carnival Parade Is Canceled, and Rio Is Reeling," 30 Sep. 2020 Of cells overcrowded with men, of violence and filth. Tim Prudente,, "With regret and satisfaction, Baltimore watches the infamous Maryland Pen tumble down," 25 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of filth

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for filth

Middle English, from Old English fȳlth, from fūl foul

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The first known use of filth was before the 12th century

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27 Jan 2021

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“Filth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of filth

: a large and very unpleasant amount of dirt : very dirty conditions
: something that is very offensive or disgusting and often is about sex


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Kids Definition of filth

: disgusting dirt

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