excrement

[ ek-skruh-muh nt ]SEE DEFINITION OF excrement
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Excrement, eks′kre-ment, n. useless matter discharged from the animal system: dung.

Excrement was allowed to remain in and around the houses indefinitely, or was thrown into the streets regardless of consequences.

There is found no Excrement in the Case, but the two Skins only, just now mentioned.

Borne down by numbers, by superior force, by brute matter, he finds in his soul an expression: "Excrement!"

WORD ORIGIN

1530s, "waste discharged from the body," from Latin excrementum, from stem of excretus, past participle of excernere "to sift out, discharge," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + cernere "sift, separate" (see crisis). Originally any bodily secretion, especially from the bowels; exclusive sense of "feces" is since mid-18c.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR EXCREMENT

defecation

nounelimination

excretion

nounthe product of excretion
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