- waste matter discharged from the body, especially feces.
Origin of excrement
Examples from the Web for excrement
Excrement, eks′kre-ment, n. useless matter discharged from the animal system: dung.
Excrement was allowed to remain in and around the houses indefinitely, or was thrown into the streets regardless of consequences.Industrial Cuba
Robert P. Porter
There is found no Excrement in the Case, but the two Skins only, just now mentioned.
Borne down by numbers, by superior force, by brute matter, he finds in his soul an expression: "Excrement!"Les Misrables
- waste matter discharged from the body, esp faeces; excreta
Word Origin and History for excrement
1530s, "waste discharged from the body," from Latin excrementum, from stem of excretus, past participle of excernere "to sift out, discharge," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + cernere "sift, separate" (see crisis). Originally any bodily secretion, especially from the bowels; exclusive sense of "feces" is since mid-18c.
- Waste matter or any excretion cast out of the body, especially feces.