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foulness

[foul-nis]
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noun
  1. the state or quality of being foul: The foulness of the accusation incensed us all.
  2. foul matter;
  3. wickedness.
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Origin of foulness

before 1150; Middle English; Old English fūlnes. See foul, -ness
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  • But not even that cloak could they cast upon their foulness.

    Captain Blood

    Rafael Sabatini

  • It has shut out from me all the foulness of that past; and yet I am unworthy.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • And doing it just as a hog wallows in foulness—for the love of it.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Tell them of the foulness, of the cruelty, of the senselessness of it all.

  • "Yet they say this has to be done;" and he bowed under the weight of the foulness of this girl.

    En Route

    J.-K. (Joris-Karl) Huysmans


British Dictionary definitions for foulness

foulness

noun
  1. the state or quality of being foul
  2. obscenity; vulgarity
  3. viciousness or inhumanity
  4. foul matter; filth
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Foulness

noun
  1. a flat marshy island in SE England, in Essex north of the Thames estuary
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Word Origin and History for foulness

n.

Old English fulness "foulness, filthy smell;" see foul (adj.) + -ness.

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