Filth vs Mire - What's the difference?

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Filth is a related term of mire.

As nouns the difference between filth and mire

is that filth is dirt; foul matter; that which soils or defiles while mire is .




  • dirt; foul matter; that which soils or defiles
  • smut; that which sullies or defiles the moral character; corruption; pollution
  • * Tillotson
  • to purify the soul from the dross and filth of sensual delights
  • (British, pejorative, slang) the police
  • weeds growing on pasture land
  • Grampa remembers when he had to cut filth with a scythe.

    Derived terms

    * filthy



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) , whence Old English mos (English moss).


    (en noun)
  • Deep mud; moist, spongy earth.
  • * When Caliban was lazy and neglected his work, Ariel (who was invisible to all eyes but Prospero’s) would come slyly and pinch him, and sometimes tumble him down in the mire .'' (, ''Tales from Shakespeare , Hatier, coll. « Les Classiques pour tous » n° 223, p. 51)
  • An undesirable situation, a predicament.
  • Synonyms
    * (deep mud) peatland, quag
    * (deep mud) wetland
    * (deep mud) bog, fen
    Derived terms
    * mire crow * mire drum * miry * in the mire * quagmire


  • To weigh down.
  • To cause or permit to become stuck in mud; to plunge or fix in mud.
  • to mire a horse or wagon
  • To soil with mud or foul matter.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Smirched thus and mired with infamy.

    Etymology 2

    Perhaps related to Middle Dutch miere (Dutch mier). Cognate with Old Norse maurr, Danish myre. All probably from (etyl)


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) An ant.
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