Definition of Foulness

1. Noun. Disgusting wickedness and immorality. "Mouths which speak such foulness must be cleansed"

Generic synonyms: Dark, Darkness, Iniquity, Wickedness
Derivative terms: Foul

2. Noun. A state characterized by foul or disgusting dirt and refuse.
Exact synonyms: Filth, Filthiness, Nastiness
Generic synonyms: Unsanitariness
Derivative terms: Filthy, Filthy, Foul, Nasty

3. Noun. (of weather) the badness of the weather. "They were wearied with the foulness of the weather"
Exact synonyms: Raininess
Generic synonyms: Badness, Severeness, Severity

4. Noun. The attribute of having a strong offensive smell.
Exact synonyms: Fetidness, Malodorousness, Rankness, Stinkiness
Generic synonyms: Aroma, Odor, Odour, Olfactory Property, Scent, Smell
Specialized synonyms: B.o., Body Odor, Body Odour
Derivative terms: Fetid, Foul, Malodorous, Rank, Stinky

Definition of Foulness

1. n. The quality or condition of being foul.

Definition of Foulness

1. Proper noun. An island off the east coast of Essex where the Thames estuary joins the North Sea. ¹

2. Noun. The state of being foul ¹

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Definition of Foulness

1. the state of being foul [n -ES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Foulness

fouled anchor
found fault
found object
found objects
found out
foundation garment
foundation stone

Literary usage of Foulness

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1. An Index of differential diagnosis of main symptoms by Herbert French (1918)
"BREATH, foulness OF THE.—This is due to one or other of four main groups of ... When the foulness of the breath is not habitual, but occurs as the result of ..."

2. The World's Best Essays, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time by David Josiah Brewer, Edward Archibald Allen, William Schuyler (1900)
"... saith he, lay downe rather: for my men are not at leisure to come and ask it. OF foulness Complete. foulness is a neglect, or carelessness of the body; ..."

3. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England Begun in the Year 1641 by Edward Hyde Clarendon (1888)
"... but with such reflections upon the tyranny that was exercised over the kingdom, [and] the foulness of the breach of trust that the Protector was guilty ..."

4. Specimens of English Dramatic Poets who Lived about the Time of Shakespeare by Charles Lamb, Israel Gollancz (1893)
"... that immaculate robe of honour, That renders Virtue glorious, fair, and fruitful To her great master, oe now made the garment Of leprosy and foulness ? ..."

5. Zillah: A Tale of the Holy City by Horace Smith (1828)
"Yours then be the foulness and corruption, I would say; and give me back the beauty, illusive though it be, that you have thus wantonly destroyed. ..."

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