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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 For instance, seasonal rivers like Bindal and Rispana, which once flowed through the heart of the city, have turned into drains full of filth and garbage. Hridayesh Joshi, Quartz India, "An idyllic Indian city in the Himalayan foothills is crumbling under the weight of its “smart city” tag," 4 Feb. 2020 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. Time, "Philippines' Taal Volcano Eruption Spews Lava and Coats Manila With Ash," 13 Jan. 2020 The animals were found living in filth and suffering from a variety of conditions, including dehydration and flea infestation. Robert Higgs, cleveland, "Wacky, wonky, embarrassments and developments led readers’ most-read stories from Cleveland City Hall," 26 Dec. 2019 Some community groups, in turn, want the city to ramp up enforcement of such rules to eliminate filth and blight. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, "Will L.A. impose new rules on sidewalk sleeping? Protests and debate erupt at City Hall," 24 Sep. 2019 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

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Filth.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 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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