foulness

[ foul-nis ]
/ ˈfaʊl nɪs /

noun

the state or quality of being foul: The foulness of the accusation incensed us all.
something that is foul; foul matter; filth.

Nearby words

  1. foulie,
  2. fouling,
  3. foully,
  4. foulmart,
  5. foulmouthed,
  6. fouls,
  7. foumart,
  8. found,
  9. found art,
  10. found object

Origin of foulness

before 1150; Middle English; Old English fūlnes. See foul, -ness

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British Dictionary definitions for foulness

foulness

/ (ˈfaʊlnɪs) /

noun

the state or quality of being foul
obscenity; vulgarity
viciousness or inhumanity
foul matter; filth

Foulness

/ (faʊlˈnɛs) /

noun

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

foulness

n.

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

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