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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 Usually bustling with traffic and tourists, many of Tagaytay's restaurants and coffee shops were closed, its main road covered in volcanic filth and mud. Anchorage Daily News, "Lava gushes from Philippine volcano as ash spreads to Manila," 13 Jan. 2020 Why not blend deception with filth into one major game? Shayna Rubin, The Mercury News, "Athletics win 90th, Sean Manaea and Jesús Luzardo could be a potential wild card one-two punch," 15 Sep. 2019 Since the tweet, fans have been flooding Gaga with shame for dragging the art to filth, and are even offering to refresh her memory. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Lady Gaga Threw Shade at Her Album 'ARTPOP' & Her Fans Are Really Upset About It," 11 Nov. 2019 At a second Houston restaurant, inspectors observed filth and black residue in the ice machine, the records show. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Black residue in ice machine, condemned soup highlight Houston restaurant violations (Oct. 14-20)," 24 Oct. 2019 Comments sections have always been a pit of filth and degradation, the leading edge in the vast electronic apparatus of self-moronization. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "A Host of Squalid Oligarchs," 3 Oct. 2019 That means each 2 tablespoon-peanut butter sandwich would only have about eight insect fragments and a teensy tiny bit of rodent filth. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Bugs, rodent hair and poop: How much is legally allowed in the food you eat every day?," 4 Oct. 2019 Not to be crass but #IL lawmaker talking to me about feces, feathers & filth fell victim to culprit during our #MorningInsiders interview. Georgia Slater,, "Illinois Lawmaker Rallying to Control Local Pigeon Problem Gets Pooped on During Interview," 17 Sep. 2019 Naturally, there is the long war against filth, and the policing of the home’s thresholds against contamination from outside. B.t. | Delft, The Economist, "In a new exhibition, Pieter de Hooch steps out of Vermeer’s shadow," 16 Oct. 2019

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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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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Filth.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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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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