Word of the Day – Detritus

By January 7, 2021Word of the Day

Detritus (noun)


Waste or debris of any kind.

Late 18th century (in the sense ‘detrition’): from French détritus, from Latin detritus, from deterere ‘wear away’.

Example sentences

“They found him surrounded by the detritus of human life.”

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