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dirty word

noun uk   us  
[C] a word that is connected with sex and considered offensive by many people [S] a word or an expression that refers to something that many people do not approve of: For the environmentally aware, "disposable" has become a dirty word.
Translations of “dirty word”
in Chinese (Traditional) 髒話,下流話, 忌諱性詞語,不受歡迎的字眼…
in Chinese (Simplified) 脏话,下流话, 忌讳性词语,不受欢迎的字眼…
(Definition of dirty word from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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