- having an offensive odor; stinking.
Origin of fetid
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Examples from the Web for fetid
This renewable (I mean renewed every single damn day) bio-energy (otherwise known as fetid rot) helps keep the coop warm.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
Here is real, unmistakable nastiness of a fetid, furtive kind, whispered in corners after a cautious glance over the shoulder.Can the Holocaust be Funny?
April 6, 2013
All were sitting barefoot on mattresses around the walls of their fetid, dimly lit room.Despite Pledge, Syrian Rebels Continue to Torture
August 15, 2012
It takes far less than 46 days for a teachable moment to devolve into an airing of fetid undercurrents from the American id.What Got George Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder
April 12, 2012
Gaddafi has to find a fetid corner where America holds less sway.The Gaddafi Exit Strategy
August 22, 2011
A blast of fetid, stinking air struck his face, and he choked.
It has a discharge from the eyes, and a fetid, sanious discharge from the nose.Cattle and Their Diseases
What of the babes who cry in fetid cellars for the light and are denied it?
For all the vaunted mechanisms of our time, the air here was heavy and fetid.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
The fetid stench of an English prison ship could not abate his love of liberty and country.
- having a stale nauseating smell, as of decay
Word Origin and History for fetid
early 15c., from Latin fetidus (commonly, but incorrectly, foetidus) "stinking," from fetere "have a bad smell, stink." Perhaps connected with fimus "dung," or with fumus "smoke."
- Having an offensive odor.