Definition of filth
1 : foul or putrid matter; especially : loathsome dirt or refuse
2a : moral corruption or defilementb : something that tends to corrupt or defile
Examples of filth in a Sentence
He emerged from the cellar covered in filth.
the filth of the slaughterhouse
living in filth and squalor
Recent Examples of filth from the Web
The stench is meant to evoke filth, gangrene and the barnyard, Gibbons Backus said.
Reports of brutality, filth and incompetence have sparked multiple investigations and no shortage of controversy since the FBI started looking into reports of guards abusing prisoners two years ago.
With the exception of the immediate surface, which thaws out long enough for the winter's accumulation of filth to begin fermenting in the summer breeze, the ground remains permanently frozen.
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Origin and Etymology of filth
Middle English, from Old English fȳlth, from fūl foul
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
FILTH Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of filth for English Language Learners
: a large and very unpleasant amount of dirt : very dirty conditions
: something that is very offensive or disgusting and often is about sex
FILTH Defined for Kids
Definition of filth for Students
: disgusting dirt
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