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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
Recent Examples on the Web The dogs, intrigued by the entrails, give themselves a good roll in the filth. Nathaniel Adams, Chron, 26 Apr. 2022 There were 35 dogs, 19 cats, two parakeets, a pony, two goats and geese living in filth at the house, most inside, according to the warrant for Connelly’s arrest. Christine Dempsey,, 28 Mar. 2022 But his filth, absurdity, and sense of seeing things from a different perspective felt ever-present in my smutty way of being in the world. Daniel Scheffler, SPIN, 4 May 2022 With choreography by Raja Feather Kelly, and dressed in blush-pink streetwear from costume designer Montana Levi Blanco, the ensemble of thoughts are deliciously expressive, reading Usher for filth with a smile. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 26 Apr. 2022 Tariq Kamil Aqrawi met us that evening wearing a dark navy suit that underscored our filth. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2022 There also were two parakeets in a cage in one of the bedrooms which was filled with bird waste and filth, the warrant said, and the general appearance of the house was extremely filthy. Christine Dempsey,, 28 Mar. 2022 Exposure to low-level filth, like that tracked in by friends who refuse to remove their shoes, actually helps bring a little bit of the outside in. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, 10 Feb. 2022 Last year, the filth and grime led to an outbreak of bacterial infections, the complaint says. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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27 May 2022

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“Filth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of filth

: disgusting dirt

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