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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An obscene or vulgar word.
  • n. A word, expression, or concept viewed as odious or intolerable: a feisty campaigner to whom "give up” was a dirty word.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A word that is considered vulgar, not necessarily sexual in nature.
  • n. The name of a topic that a person does not like to hear or discuss.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a word that is considered to be unmentionable
  • n. an offensive or indecent word or phrase

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