ordure

noun
or·​dure | \ ˈȯr-jər How to pronounce ordure (audio) \

Definition of ordure

1 : excrement
2 : something that is morally degrading

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Examples of ordure in a Sentence

polite people do not discuss ordure in public
Recent Examples on the Web Poking at the ordure with a stick, Cipollone pointed out the beech mast and berries on which the bear had fed. Christopher Preston, The Atlantic, "Conservationists No Longer Agree on What ‘Wild’ Means," 9 Apr. 2020 President Nicolás Manuro: Creating ordure out of chaos. Washington Post, "Style Invitational Week 1344: Well, that’s just great — it’s Limerixicon XVI," 9 Aug. 2019 In gardens, the scent of frangipani carries on the damp breeze; in cities, that unmistakably Indian blend of ordure, asphalt and spice. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 At the bottom of the tube sat a half-inch of what looked like frozen mud, but was, in fact, orca ordure. Kate Brooks, Smithsonian, "There’s a New Tool in the Fight Against Elephant Poaching," 30 Sep. 2017 At the bottom of the tube sat a half-inch of what looked like frozen mud, but was, in fact, orca ordure. Kate Brooks, Smithsonian, "There’s a New Tool in the Fight Against Elephant Poaching," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of ordure

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ordure

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from ord dirty, foul, from Latin horridus horrid

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“Ordure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ordure. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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ordure

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ordure

chiefly British, formal : solid waste matter that is released from the body

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