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Definition of "dirty word" [dirty word]

  • An obscene or vulgar word. (noun)
  • A word, expression, or concept viewed as odious or intolerable: a feisty campaigner to whom "give up” was a dirty word. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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