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  1. offensive or disgusting dirt or refuse; foul matter: the filth dumped into our rivers.
  2. foul condition: to live in filth.
  3. moral impurity, corruption, or obscenity.
  4. vulgar or obscene language or thought.
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Origin of filth

before 1000; Middle English; Old English fȳlth. See foul, -th1
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Related Words for filth

smut, grime, slime, garbage, putrefaction, manure, sludge, uncleanness, slop, impurity, mud, muck, putrescence, mire, trash, corruption, silt, crud, slush, dung

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Contemporary Examples of filth

Historical Examples of filth

  • Rags and tidiness, filth and cleanliness, lay almost touching.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • The posters, maculated with filth, garnished like tapestry the sweep of the curbstone.

    The Secret Agent

    Joseph Conrad

  • They no more wanted to be touched by iron than by filth, or foul disease.

    Welsh Fairy Tales

    William Elliott Griffis

  • When nobody else can find any filth left, he manages to discover some.

  • She had to wallow in filth instead of having flowers all about her.


    Emile Zola

British Dictionary definitions for filth


  1. foul or disgusting dirt; refuse
  2. extreme physical or moral uncleanliness; pollution
  3. vulgarity or obscenity, as in language
  4. the filth derogatory, slang the police
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Word Origin for filth

Old English fӯlth; related to Old Saxon, Old High German fūlitha; see foul, defile
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Word Origin and History for filth


Old English fylð "uncleanness, impurity," from Proto-Germanic *fulitho (cf. Old Saxon fulitha "foulness, filth," Dutch vuilte, Old High German fulida), noun derivative of *fulo- "foul" (see foul (adj.)). A classic case of i-mutation.

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