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dirty +‎ -ness


dirtiness (usually uncountable, plural dirtinesses)

  1. The state or quality of being dirty.
    • 1922, Sinclair Lewis, Babbitt, New York: P.F. Collier & Son, Chapter XI, section IV, p. 150, [1]
      Paul was distressingly clean, but Babbitt reveled in a good sound dirtiness, in not having to shave till his spirit was moved to it.
    • 1933, George Orwell, chapter XIV, in Down and Out in Paris and London[2]:
      Dirtiness is inherent in hotels and restaurants, because sound food is sacrificed to punctuality and smartness.
    • 1948, Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country, New York: Scribner, 1987, Chapter 6,
      So they walked till they came to Claremont and Kumalo was shocked by its shabbiness and dirtiness, and the closeness of the houses, and the filth in the streets.