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  1. scumnoun

    To remove the layer of scum from (a liquid etc.).

    cinder, dross, scoriae, impurity, slag

  2. scumnoun


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  1. trash, scumnoun

    worthless people

    trash, methamphetamine hydrochloride, glass, codswallop, ice, rubbish, wish-wash, deoxyephedrine, applesauce, folderol, shabu, chicken feed, chalk, trumpery, scrap, meth, methamphetamine, crank, tripe

  2. scumverb

    a film of impurities or vegetation that can form on the surface of a liquid


  3. scumverb

    remove the scum from

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. scumnoun

    froth, dross, refuse, scoria, recrement

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. scumnoun

    dross, recrement, refuse, waste, froth

  2. scumverb


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  1. George Lucas:

    Mos Eisley spaceport. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious.

  2. Peter Kropotkin:

    America is just the country that shows how all the written guarantees in the world for freedom are no protection against tyranny and oppression of the worst kind. There the politician has come to be looked upon as the very scum of society.

  3. J. W. Schopf:

    For four-fifths of our history, our planet was populated by pond scum.

  4. Kim Jong:

    Whatever decision we make and whatever actions we take, the responsibility for the consequences thereof will entirely rest with the South Korean authorities who stopped short of holding proper control of the dirty human scum.

  5. Lilly Tomlin, as Ernestine the Operator:

    The phone company handles 84 billion calls a year --- everything from kings, queens, and presidents to the scum of the earth.

Translations for scum

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  • AbschaumGerman
  • απόβλητο, απόβρασμα, κάθαρμαGreek
  • escoria, canallaSpanish
  • pohjasakka, roskaväki, leväpuuro, pintaliete, kuonaFinnish
  • skúmFaroese
  • couche, racaille, ordure, mousse, écume, crasse, salaudFrench
  • scoriaItalian
  • あきますJapanese
  • tuigDutch
  • escóriaPortuguese
  • накипь, сброд, нечисть, отребье, шушера, подлец, сволочь, нечистоты, шантропа, негодяй, отродье, пена, швальRussian
  • తెట్టుTelugu
  • cặn bãVietnamese
  • schomeWalloon

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