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or foetid

[fet-id, fee-tid] /ˈfɛt ɪd, ˈfi tɪd/
having an offensive odor; stinking.
Origin of fetid
1590-1600; < Latin fētidus, equivalent to fēt- (stem of fētēre to stink) + -idus -id4
Related forms
fetidly, adverb
fetidness, fetidity, noun
malodorous, smelly, noisome. Unabridged
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  • How the fetid goat and the swine wallowing in the mire speak to the lecherous man and the drunkard!

    Curiosities of Heat Lyman B. Tefft
  • He was as devoid of it as the fetid slime one treads underfoot in nightmares.

  • There was in the fetid gloom of the place a permeating musk of things seemingly not of this earth.

    The Red Debt Everett MacDonald
  • When he came to his senses again he found himself in the fetid hold of a ship.

    Wood Rangers Mayne Reid
  • I found the cell somewhat larger than the ordinary private compartment of the prison, but indescribably damp, fetid, and dismal.

    My Fire Opal, and Other Tales Sarah Warner Brooks
British Dictionary definitions for fetid


/ˈfɛtɪd; ˈfiː-/
having a stale nauseating smell, as of decay
Derived Forms
fetidly, foetidly, adverb
fetidness, foetidness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin fētidus, from fētēre to stink; related to fūmus smoke
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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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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fetid in Medicine

fetid fet·id (fět'ĭd, fē'tĭd)
Having an offensive odor.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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