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excrement Line breaks: ex¦cre|ment
Pronunciation: /ˈɛkskrɪm(ə)nt/

Definition of excrement in English:


[mass noun]
Waste matter discharged from the bowels; faeces.
Example sentences
  • The disease can spread on contact with body fluids such as blood, urine, excrement, vomit and saliva.
  • The ugly parts were the rampant filth, waste, and excrement in nearly every corner of the town.
  • The stench of waste and excrement fermenting in the sewers assailed his scent.
waste matter, ordure, dung, manure, mess, muck;
informal poo, doo-doo, doings, caca
British informal cack, whoopsies, jobbies
North American informal poop
vulgar slang shit, crap, turds
archaic night soil, sullage
rare egesta


Mid 16th century: from French excrément or Latin excrementum, from excernere 'to sift out' (see excrete).



Pronunciation: /ˌɛkskrɪˈmɛnt(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Her textual obscenery is perceived as ‘bad’, as excremental because it denies mainstream literary audiences the satisfaction of uncomplicated, uncritical consumption.
  • There were cracks showing in my armor during the first episode last week, but then the second episode was all abuse, histrionics, and excremental singing, so I, with some relief, was ready to write it off.
  • This unthinking reliance on the spell checker allows otherwise intelligent people to produce written communication that varies from the merely embarrassing to the truly excremental.

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