dirty


dirty
dirty adj Dirty, filthy, foul, nasty, squalid mean conspicuously unclean or impure.
Dirty is the general term for what is sullied or defiled with dirt of any kind
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dirty hands

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dirty linen

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dirty streets

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he was dirty and bloodstained and his clothes were bedaubed with mud and weeds— Sayers

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Filthy is a much stronger term than dirty in its suggestion of offensiveness; it often suggests gradually accumulated dirt which besmears or begrimes rather than merely soils
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he was constantly drunk, filthy beyond all powers of decent expression— Stephen

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a filthy hovel

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Foul carries a still stronger implication of revolting offensiveness; it often implies an unwholesome or malodorous state resulting from the decay of putrescible matter
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a foul sewer

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a foul dungeon

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a foul pond

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the Arabs explained that the Turks had thrown dead camels into the pool to make the water foulT. E. Lawrence

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It may come near to loathsome or disgusting (a foul sight)
Nasty applies chiefly to what is repugnant to a person who is fastidious about cleanliness
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a nasty ship

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a nasty odor

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the care of pigs is nasty work

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Sometimes nasty is softened to a mere synonym for "objectionable, disagreeable"
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a nasty fall

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a nasty temper

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be nasty to someone

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Squalid adds to the idea of dirtiness or filth that of extreme sloven-liness or neglect
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squalid poverty

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the East, so squalid and splendid, so pestilent and so poetic— Wharton

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All of these terms may imply moral uncleanness or baseness or obscenity.
Dirty, however, stresses meanness or despicability
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the creature's at his dirty work again— Pope

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Filthy and foul imply disgusting obscenity, filthy stressing the presence of obscenity and foul, its ugliness
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filthy talk

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a foul jest

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Nasty implies a peculiarly offensive unpleasantness
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a nasty mind

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he hated it as a gentleman hates to hear a nasty story— E. E. Hale

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squandered all their virile energy on greasy slave girls and nasty Asiatic-Greek prostitutes— Graves

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Squalid implies sordidness as well as baseness
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the squalid scenes and situations through which Thackeray portrays the malign motives and unclean soul of Becky Sharp— Eliot

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The first four terms are used also of weather, meaning the opposite of clear and thereby implying rainy, snowy, stormy, or foggy weather.
Antonyms: clean
dirty vb *soil, sully, tarnish, foul, befoul, smirch, besmirch, grime, begrime
Analogous words: pollute, defile, *contaminate: *spot, spatter

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