\ˈfilth \

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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Chimps build a new nest about 30 feet off the ground to sleep in every night, meaning there’s not enough time for all their personal filth to build up. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Your Bed Is Dirtier Than a Chimp’s," 18 May 2018 The city is turning into a Brechtian horror show where young men wearing Airpods and backpacks emblazoned with the names of gig-economy apps weave e-scooters among people passed out in their own filth. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Big Tech Isn’t the Problem With Homelessness. It’s All of Us," 21 June 2018 They had been taken from her originally when rotten food, filth, dirty diapers and animal feces were discovered all over Pruden-Rivera’s home, court records said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Army hospital owed disabled boy $6.5 million. His mom started stealing it, Mich. cops say | Miami Herald," 17 May 2018 But everyone who watches RuPaul’s Drag Race stays to watch the best queens in the country read one another for filth. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "10 of the Best Reads in 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Herstory," 2 July 2018 Images of Bellandur Lake, the city’s largest water body, covered with a foamy mix of filth, routinely make the headlines. Washington Post, "Water mismanagement leaves India’s Silicon Valley parched," 16 May 2018 Unfortunately, unchecked pollution has turned thousands of water sources into bodies of filth and disease. Kamakshi Ayyar, Time, "The Global Water Crisis: Why Are India’s Taps Running Dry?," 6 June 2018 Also, while chimps sleep among environmental bacteria from the surrounding forests, humans have more or less eliminated outside bacteria from our sleeping quarters, meaning the stuff that comes from us makes up a bigger percentage of the filth. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Your Bed Is Dirtier Than a Chimp’s," 18 May 2018 Officers found the nine other children huddled together amid filth, prosecutors said. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Prosecutor: California children waterboarded, shot with crossbows and BB guns," 16 May 2018

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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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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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noxious or harmful

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