1. Foul matter; anything that soils or defiles; dirt; nastiness.

2. Anything that sullies or defiles the moral character; corruption; pollution. "To purify the soul from the dross and filth of sensual delights.

<medicine>" (Tillotson) Filth disease, a disease supposed to be due to pollution of the soil or water.

Origin: OE. Filthe, fuloe, AS. Flo, fr. Ful foul; akin to OHG. Fulida. See Foul, and cf. File.

(01 Mar 1998)