dregs
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /dɹɛɡz/
Noun
  1. (collectively) The sediment settled at the bottom of a liquid; the lees in a container of unfiltered wine.
  2. (figuratively, the dregs) The worst and lowest part of something.
    the dregs of society
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, volume 3, chapter 9
      Yet even now I had not drunk the bitter potion to the dregs; I was not yet persuaded of my loss; I did not yet feel in every pulsation, in every nerve, in every thought, that I remained alone of my race - that I was The Last Man.
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