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      n   a style of writing, originating in the U.S. in the 1980s, which depicts in great detail the seamier or more mundane aspects of ordinary life  
  dirty realist      n  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
      adj   , dirtier, dirtiest  
1    covered or marked with dirt; filthy  
a    obscene; salacious  
dirty books     
b    sexually clandestine  
a dirty weekend     
3    causing one to become grimy  
a dirty job     
4    (of a colour) not clear and bright; impure  
5    unfair; dishonest; unscrupulous; unsporting  
6    mean; nasty  
a dirty cheat     
7    scandalous; unkind  
a dirty rumour     
8    revealing dislike or anger  
a dirty look     
9    (of weather) rainy or squally; stormy  
10    (of an aircraft) having projections into the airstream, such as lowered flaps  
11    (of a nuclear weapon) producing a large quantity of radioactive fallout or contamination  
   Compare       clean       5  
12    be dirty on     (Austral)  
slang   to be offended by or be hostile towards  
13    dirty dog   a despicable person  
14    dirty linen  
Informal   intimate secrets, esp. those that might give rise to gossip  
15    dirty word  
a    an obscene word  
b    something that is regarded with disapproval  
federalism is a dirty word     
16    dirty work   unpleasant or illicit activity  
17    do the dirty on     (Brit)  
informal   to behave meanly or unkindly towards  
      vb   , dirties, dirtying, dirtied  
18    to make or become dirty; stain; soil  
  dirtily      adv  
  dirtiness      n  

dirty realism  
      n   a style of writing, originating in the U.S. in the 1980s, which depicts in great detail the seamier or more mundane aspects of ordinary life  
  dirty realist      n  
dirty trick  
1    a malicious and contemptible action  
2    pl  
a    underhand activity and machinations in political or governmental affairs  
b    (as modifier)  
dirty-tricks operation     

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    begrimed, filthy, foul, grimy, grotty     (slang)   grubby, grungy     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   messy, mucky, muddy, nasty, polluted, scuzzy     (slang, chiefly U.S.)   soiled, sullied, unclean  
2    blue, indecent, obscene, off-colour, pornographic, risqué, salacious, sleazy, smutty, vulgar, X-rated     (informal)  
3    clouded, dark, dull, miry, muddy, not clear  
4    corrupt, crooked, dishonest, fraudulent, illegal, treacherous, unfair, unscrupulous, unsporting  
5    base, beggarly, contemptible, cowardly, despicable, ignominious, low, low-down     (informal)   mean, nasty, scurvy, shabby, sordid, squalid, vile  
6    angry, annoyed, bitter, choked, indignant, offended, resentful, scorching  
7      (of weather)   gusty, louring or lowering, rainy, squally, stormy  
8    begrime, blacken, defile, foul, mess up, muddy, pollute, smear, smirch, smudge, soil, spoil, stain, sully  
,       adj  
1    clean, pure  
2    clean, decent  
4    decent, honest, moral, reputable, respectable, upright  
7    pleasant  
      vb   clean, tidy up  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
unattractive person, looking dirty and/or smelling bad
in American English, 'dirt' is what British people call 'soil' ('put some dirt in a plant pot'). In British English, dirt has the connotation of being dirty ('you've got some dirt on your shoe')
low; cheap, dirty, sluttish (as behavior and/or look)
If something is contaminatedby dirt, chemicals, or radiation, they make it dirty or harmful.
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