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Princeton's WordNet

  1. filth, crud, skanknoun

    any substance considered disgustingly foul or unpleasant

  2. dirt, filth, grime, soil, stain, grease, grungenoun

    the state of being covered with unclean things

  3. filth, filthiness, foulness, nastinessnoun

    a state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse

  4. obscenity, smut, vulgarism, filth, dirty wordnoun

    an offensive or indecent word or phrase


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  3. filthnoun

    the police

  4. filthnoun

    weeds growing on pasture land

    Grampa remembers when he had to cut filth with a scythe.

  5. Etymology: From filth, from fylþ, from fūliþō, from fūlaz, from pū-, equivalent to. More at foul.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Etymology: filð, Saxon.

    When we in our viciousness grow hard,
    The wise gods seal our eyes;
    In our own filth drop our clear judgments. William Shakespeare.

    Wisdom and goodness to the vile seem vile;
    Filths favour but themselves. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Neither may you trust waters that taste sweet; for they are commonly found in rising grounds of great cities, which must needs take in a great deal of filth. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    How perfect then is man? From head to foot
    Defil’d with filth, and rotten at the root. George Sandys.

    Though perhaps among the rout
    He wildly flings his filth about;
    He still has gratitude and sap’ence,
    To spare the folks that give him ha’pence. Jonathan Swift.

    Such do likewise exceedingly dispose us to piety and religion, by purifying our souls from the dross and filth of sensual delights. John Tillotson, Sermons.


  1. filth

    Filth refers to dirty or disgusting matter, typically in a state of decay or decomposition. This can include dirt, grime, stains, dust, waste, rubbish or any other unclean material. It can also refer to obscene or immoral content in literature or language.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Filthnoun

    foul matter; anything that soils or defiles; dirt; nastiness

  2. Filthnoun

    anything that sullies or defiles the moral character; corruption; pollution

  3. Etymology: [OE. filthe, fule, AS. fl, fr. fl foul; akin to OHG. flida. See Foul, and cf. File.]


  1. Filth

    "Filth" is a single released by Dir En Grey on September 12, 2001.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Filth

    filth, n. foul matter: anything that defiles, physically or morally.—adv. Filth′ily.—n. Filth′iness.—adj. Filth′y, foul: unclean: impure. [A.S. fýldhfúl, foul.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of filth in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of filth in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of filth in a Sentence

  1. Max Lucado, The Applause of Heaven:

    Give a man religion without reminding him of his filth, and the result will be arrogance in a three- piece suit. Max Lucado

  2. John Boorman:

    The gun is good. The penis is evil. The penis shoots seeds, and makes new life to poison the earth with a plague of men, as once it was. But the gun shoots death, and purifies the earth of the filth of brutals. Go forth... and kill!

  3. E. M. Forster, A Passage to India, 1924:

    Pathos, piety, courage, — they exist, but are identical, and so is filth. Everything exists, nothing has value.

  4. New York:

    Maybe I have a New York nose – I'm not smelling the filth. The number one thing I smell right now is pot – like everybody is smoking a joint now, you know?

  5. Virginia Emery:

    They are considered filth in the food system.

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