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Adjective
Offensive to the senses, especially through having a disgusting smell or taste
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“Many of these residents have complained to me about the foul taste and murky color of their tap water.”
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Containing or full of noxious matter
“Alicia breathed in the foul air of the bar, thankful that the smell of cigarettes wasn't as potent today.”
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Filthy, dirty or unclean
“The sheets and blankets were foul, and the room smelled awful.”
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Hostile or disagreeable in mood or manner
“But sometimes he'd be in a foul mood, telling people off and humiliating them in front of their co-workers.”
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Wicked or immoral in nature
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“King Hamlet's tormented spirit reveals that a hidden crime of foul murder condemns it to walk the earth and roast in hell.”
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Obscene or indecent in a way that is unacceptable in polite society
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“With that, he began to curse and employ such foul language that I became frightened and actually feared for my life.”
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Not being in accordance with the rules or standards of what is fair or legal
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“After Litvinenko himself accused Scaramella of a foul play, he became the focus of the press and all the dirty linen was washed in public.”
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Characterized by misery or gloom
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“The rest, however, bore their swords and their allegiance to the king of France, and spread throughout the country the foul news of Arthur's murder.”
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Ugly or unsightly in appearance
“The smell of gore and blood came from these foul creatures.”
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Characterized by windy or stormy conditions
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“The foul weather has kept residents indoors for most of the day.”
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Ill-mannered in nature
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Angry and bad-tempered
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Muggy, stuffy, with bad ventilation
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Verb
To make dirty or polluted
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“When planning, it's wise to site ponds away from trees as dead leaves will foul the water.”
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To decompose or break down, especially biologically
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“The meat will foul and you may need to reach out to your local game officer on what to do next.”
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To make or become entangled or jammed
“The vessel's net would foul the 52-foot motor lifeboat's twin 36-inch brass propellers.”
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To make or become clogged
“The waste products from these agents create a mess and unpleasant odors as they foul the drain.”
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To decrease the value, character, or quality of
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“Chase is afraid the movie he's making might foul his reputation with fans who jumped on his bandwagon as the stinging-satirist-buffoon.”
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Alter or debase, often for profit
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Hit a foul
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To cause disarray or disorganization in the order of
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Upset
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To cause damage to
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Noun
A breach of the rules, especially in sports
“Ed did not commit a foul on that play. Just ask him.”
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Faux pas
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Foul ball
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