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Synonyms of foul in English:


  • 1 the skunk produces a foul stench
    noxious, evil-smelling, foul-smelling, smelly, stinking, high, rank, rancid, fetid, malodorous;
    North American  vomitous
    informal ghastly, horrid, gruesome, God-awful, gross, diabolical, putrid, yucky, icky, grotty, sick-making, gut-churning
    British informal beastly, whiffy, pongy, niffy
    North American informal lousy, skanky, funky
    Australian informal on the nose
    literary noisome, mephitic
    archaic disgustful, loathly
    rare miasmic, miasmal, olid
    [Antonyms] fragrant
  • 2 get your foul clothes out of my bedroom
    squalid, sordid, shabby, sleazy, nasty, soiled, sullied, scummy;
    rotten, defiled, decaying, putrid, putrefied, smelly, fetid
    informal cruddy, yucky, icky
    British informal manky, gungy, grotty
    rare feculent
  • 3 she's been foul to poor Adam
    unkind, unfriendly, disagreeable, inconsiderate, uncharitable, rude, churlish, spiteful, malicious, mean, mean-spirited, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, bad-tempered, hostile, vicious, malevolent, evil-minded, surly, obnoxious, poisonous, venomous, vindictive, malign, malignant, cantankerous, hateful, hurtful, cruel, wounding, abusive
    informal bitchy, catty
    vulgar slang shitty
    [Antonyms] kind
  • 4 foul weather
    inclement, unpleasant, disagreeable, dirty, nasty, rough, bad;
    foggy, misty, gloomy, murky, overcast, louring
    [Antonyms] fair
  • 5 foul drinking water was blamed for the outbreak
    [Antonyms] clean
  • 6 the foul fiend these foul deeds cannot be ignored See evil (sense 1 of the adjective)
  • 7 she had been subjected to abuse and foul language
    [Antonyms] mild
  • 8 he was booked for a foul tackle in the 67th minute
    informal shady
    [Antonyms] fair
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  • 1 every stream was being fouled with chemical waste
    dirty, soil, stain, blacken, muddy, begrime, splash, spatter, smear, befoul, besmirch, blight, defile, make filthy, infect, pollute, contaminate, poison, taint, adulterate, sully
    literary besmear
  • 2 the vessel had fouled her nets
    tangle up, entangle, snarl, catch, entwine, enmesh, twist, tangle
  • 3 the rivers have been fouled by silt
    informal gunge up
    technical occlude, obturate
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