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dirty word

a vulgar or taboo word; obscenity.
any word, name, or concept considered reprehensible or unmentionable; anathema:
“Lose” is a dirty word to this team.
Origin of dirty word
1835-45 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • Alas a dirty word, alas a dirty third alas a dirty third, alas a dirty bird.

    Tender Buttons Gertrude Stein
  • What are we going to call that sweet little old lady, now that mother is a dirty word?

    That Sweet Little Old Lady Gordon Randall Garrett (AKA Mark Phillips)
  • Smith said a dirty word and pushed himself away from the screamer unit to glower at an unresisting wall.

    Hanging by a Thread Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I saw a picture of three children in Bapaume, and it was smeared with filth in the writing of a dirty word.

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