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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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Synonyms for filth


crud, dirt, grime, gunk, muck, smut, soil

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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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This small act of dignity is assaulted by the general filth of the city. Danny Heitman, WSJ, "‘Clean Curtains’ and New Year’s Resolutions," 30 Dec. 2018 But items have to be grabbed elsewhere , and Preferred Networks Inc. has an idea for a place covered with clothing and general filth: the home. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "The Robots Are Coming—To Clean Up Your Disgusting Room," 17 Oct. 2018 How much filth there is in the Church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to [Christ]! Paul Schemm, The Seattle Times, "Read the pope’s letter to the faithful on abuse in the Catholic Church," 20 Aug. 2018 People aren’t just living in filth and aimlessness. Nicole Brodeur, The Seattle Times, "Want to end homelessness? Start with getting people into recovery," 21 Sep. 2018 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

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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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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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