Definitions

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

  • n. Excrement; dung.
  • n. Something morally offensive; filth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. excrement, dung

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Dung; excrement; fæces.
  • n. Defect; imperfection; fault.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Dung; excrement; feces.

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

  • n. solid excretory product evacuated from the bowels

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from ord, filthy, from Latin horridus, frightful, from horrēre, to shudder.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French ordure, from ord ‘filthy’, from Latin horridus ’horrid’, + -ure. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • As this mud consists chiefly of human ordure, which is regularly thrown into the canals every morning, there not being a necessary-house in the whole town, it poisons the air while it is drying, to a considerable extent.

    A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels — Volume 13

  • In his own spirited protest he tells us of the 'ordure' that was thrown at him; and it is an old saying that if enough mud be thrown some will stick.

    Henry Fielding A Memoir

  • By consent, he passed the case on to a higher court, which declared that the play was not immoral; acquitted Mr Daly; and made an end of the attempt to use the law to declare living women to be "ordure," and thus enforce silence as to the far-reaching fact that you cannot cheapen women in the market for industrial purposes without cheapening them for other purposes as well.

    How He Lied to Her Husband

  • Warren are "ordure," and should not be mentioned in the presence of decent people.

    How He Lied to Her Husband

  • They hang them up by the heels, as we used to do with the drowned, and stuff their mouths with human ordure which is sure to produce emesis.

    Arabian nights. English

  • 'ordure' that was thrown at him; and it is an old saying that if enough mud be thrown some will stick.

    Henry Fielding: a Memoir

  • The title, "Le père Noël est une ordure," translates to " Santa Stinks ."

    Last Year, Last Chance

  • If anyone from Network Rail or the Misassociation of Train Operating Companies is reading this, I simply ask if it is beyond them to devise a clear, simple system of announcements, in plain English, restricted to essential information rather than the incessant outpouring of all this aural ordure.

    Railspeak should be terminated

  • PostLocal DC Metro isn't out of ordure #metroheadlineless than a minute ago via webira greenberg arigrebneerg

    Write your own headline

  • If you actually ordure torture, then you are actually guilty in the legal sense of the term.

    Matthew Yglesias » For the Defense

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