dunghill dunghill

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a foul or degraded condition
  2. (n) a heap of dung or refuse

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. He wants to be acknowledged as the only cock on the dunghill.
  2. Only his daughter Sylvelie, a flower-on-the-dunghill type, regarded him without loathing.
  3. On a dunghill back of a farmhouse at Mareuil-en-D1e, the cousins held the famous conversation that sired the fabulous New York Daily News.

News

  • On the Trails: Middens

    Middens. This interesting and useful word comes ultimately from an old Scandinavian term for a dunghill. The sense has been broadened to include heaps of all kinds of refuse and junk.
    on April 11, 2014     Source: Juneau Empire

Quotes

  1. "Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world, a mother's love is not," James Joyce said.
    on May 12, 2007 By: James Joyce Source: Vancouver Sun (subscription)

  2. Former Evening Standard editor Max Hastings writes: "We have the wretched spectacle of a BBC chairman resigning while Alastair Campbell crows from the summit of his dunghill."
    on Jan 28, 2004 By: Max Hastings Source: BBC News

  3. "Trying to find a construct, 'the historical Jesus,' is not like finding diamonds in a dunghill, but like finding New York City at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean," Wills says. "It is a mixing of categories, or rather of wholly different...
    on Mar 10, 2006 By: Garry Wills Source: International Herald Tribune

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