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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
    British informalbeastly, whiffy, pongy, niffy
    North American informallousy, skanky, funky
    Australian informalon the nose
    literarynoisome, mephitic
    raremiasmic, 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
    informalcruddy, yucky, icky
    British informalmanky, gungy, grotty
  • 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
    informalbitchy, catty
    vulgar slangshitty
    [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
    [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
  • 2 the vessel had fouled her nets
    tangle up, entangle, snarl, catch, entwine, enmesh, twist, tangle
  • 3 the rivers have been fouled by silt
    informalgunge up
    technicalocclude, obturate
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