Definition of filth in US English:



  • 1Disgusting dirt.

    ‘stagnant pools of filth’
    • ‘She climbed into the shower and washed the filth off her body.’
    • ‘Open drains, piles of uncleared garbage, filth and pitiful shacks are everywhere.’
    • ‘Even the smell was different, filth and dirt replaced by fresh air.’
    • ‘The stinking filth on the streets was not even pleasing to crows, though.’
    • ‘A moment later a piece of mud falling from his hair into his face prompted him to just lean forward and dunk his head under the water, a dark cloud of filth polluting the water around him.’
    • ‘I used my knife, methodically cutting away the fur and dirt around the wound, washing away filth: clotted blood, mud, and grass with water from my canteen.’
    • ‘I don't believe anyone ever cleans this area, and the accumulated filth creates an unbearable stench.’
    • ‘Litter, rubbish, filth and grime - eyesores like these are a common sight in Bolton.’
    • ‘We stomp aboard, spreading more filth on the dripping bus.’
    • ‘She was brought up in filth and squalor that disgusted everyone who set foot in their home in her early years on the Bransholme estate and latterly the Orchard Park estate in Hull.’
    • ‘For it was granted in our illustration of light that the rays of the sun sent down to earth from heaven are not defiled by touching all the mud and filth and garbage.’
    • ‘And I have never seen such filth and disgusting things anywhere.’
    • ‘I positioned my broom and began to sweep away the dirt and filth that had gathered since last time I had swept.’
    • ‘But he left me shivering almost naked lying in my own filth, half starved.’
    • ‘She wondered if she would ever get clean of all the accumulated filth.’
    • ‘Crud by definition is a coating of filth or refuse.’
    • ‘He was given a scented bath before sunrise to wash the filth from his body.’
    • ‘Slowly she stood up, the vile filth clinging to her clothing.’
    • ‘The familiar stench of filth, dirt, blood, and sweat filled his nose.’
    • ‘In my village, Wilsden, it is like an assault course avoiding piles of disgusting filth when walking up the main street.’
    dirt, muck, grime, mud, mire, sludge, slime, ooze, foul matter
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    1. 1.1 Obscene and offensive language or printed material.
      • ‘A former policeman who led the fight against internet child porn warned today that the tide of filth in cyberspace is growing and could lead to an abuse ‘timebomb’.’
      • ‘I'm glad to have about eight seconds here to express my complete disgust at the degree to which filth and sleaze and vulgarity and every kind of offensive language is now dominant in our language.’
      • ‘Only a few months ago, while doing an innocent search for cuddly fluffy woodland animals, they came upon this particular receptacle of online filth.’
      • ‘Not one voice of opposition to this racist filth is heard from a single character.’
      • ‘Since the first one appeared in 1964, there's been a debate about whether it's filth, smut, porn, tasteful erotica or high art.’
      • ‘It underblocks, leaving children exposed to all sorts of filth; and it overblocks, denying adults access to material they have every right to view.’
      • ‘I wish some kind soul would provide an online list of all companies using this filth.’
      • ‘Naturally, this provoked a flood of filth and crude innuendo, which is hardly suitable material for a family site.’
      • ‘So can you guarantee to protect our children from the flood of filth and pornography the internet will unleash on our living rooms?’
      • ‘Just goes to show that recipients of such filth should not open the material out of curiosity or to confirm the material.’
      • ‘‘A floodtide of filth is engulfing our country in the form of newsstand obscenity,’ its narrator intoned.’
      • ‘We live in a world soiled by the grossness and wickedness and filth of sin.’
      • ‘Many sadly shake their heads at the situations and circumstances around them, but do nothing to stop the onrushing tides of immoral filth and disease.’
      • ‘We have to demand that the BBC and other media stop giving these Nazis a platform to spout their filth.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, as the Minister has stated, there has been a proliferation of that sort of smut and filth ever since the Internet became something most of us use.’
      • ‘If you are not among the lovers of vulgarly vile funny filth, you may want to cut a wide swath around this release.’
      • ‘National Public Radio and the National Endowment for the Arts still freely spread their toxic filth at taxpayer expense.’
      • ‘How could Norman bring a tool of the devil into their household and corrupt his sock drawer with this filth?’
      • ‘Can anyone doubt that the filth they spout will now carry more weight, that the flag-waving crowds are now more likely to vote MHP?’
      • ‘It contains a few rude bits which helped to get the book censored in 1922 for ‘unmitigated filth and obscenity’.’
      pornography, pornographic films, pornographic literature, pornographic videos, dirty books, smut, vice
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    2. 1.2 Corrupt behavior; decadence.
      • ‘We don't have the filth in our heads that she does.’
      • ‘Got back on Sunday evening and chucked a full on 5 year old temper tantrum at having to be back in this noisy, filth ridden corrupt town!’
      • ‘Why has the world shown me nothing but wickedness, filth, and brutality till now?’
      • ‘Cities were also associated with poverty, filth, crime, class and labour conflict, and the general deterioration of American society.’
      • ‘He absorbs the corruption, the filth, the sins of the flesh, the manager giving him orders now drunk at the bar with his arms around two giggling blondes.’
      • ‘As a teenager, she would argue with her father about attacking the corruption and filth associated with politics.’
      • ‘Grip the horn and tip it toward your greedy mouth, drinking of the filth, corruption and frothy, unintentional comedy contained within.’
      • ‘However, observations of the High Street late at night indicate the noise, filth and anti-social behaviour increase exponentially with the hour.’
      • ‘I'm going to die in this stinking filth, the victim of public education and malnutrition.’
      • ‘A marathon of self-obsession, self-pity, misery, filth, shame, loneliness, isolation, and a lot of embarrassing stuff about sex.’
      • ‘We must stop peddling this filth at our kids immediately.’
      • ‘Still, the purification rituals of the city involve a suspicion running through all economic classes that vile filth corrupts that which they are not.’
      • ‘But deep down she knew that the filth she felt inside would probably never entirely go away.’
      • ‘This game and all the filth in it must be purged from this universe!’
    3. 1.3 Used as a term of abuse for a person or people one greatly despises.
      ‘I can’t believe she married that filth’
      • ‘These terrorists are sub-human filth and must be captured and eliminated.’
      • ‘Now he strode wearily and dispassionately through the enemy filth, cutting down those that stood in his path and ignoring all others.’
      • ‘Indeed, but it also seemed intensely relaxed about the rich behaving like filth.’
      • ‘Somehow, I managed to get to my feet, I was filthy now, only now could he call me, filth, and get a way with it.’
      • ‘Didn't your mother ever teach you not to gossip about others, you disgusting piece of filth?’
      • ‘But The Sun says there's only one way to deal with this kind of evil terrorist filth.’
    4. 1.4as plural noun the filthBritish informal, derogatory The police.
      • ‘How does she know that only 7 per cent go to the filth?’
      • ‘Are rudimentary disguises sufficient to fool the filth?’
      • ‘Of course she will never appear in court and Dave beats her for being so stupid to get caught by the filth.’
      • ‘And potentially, if you've got a beard and dark skin, it may get you shopped to the filth.’
      • ‘They obviously figured she looked crazed too, why else would she jump back like she'd just been burnt when she spotted the filth.’


Old English fȳlth ‘rotting matter, rottenness’, also ‘corruption, obscenity’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch vuilte, also to foul.