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foetid

[fet-id, fee-tid] /ˈfɛt ɪd, ˈfi tɪd/
adjective
1.

fetid

or foetid

[fet-id, fee-tid] /ˈfɛt ɪd, ˈfi tɪd/
adjective
1.
having an offensive odor; stinking.
Origin of fetid
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin fētidus, equivalent to fēt- (stem of fētēre to stink) + -idus -id4
Related forms
fetidly, adverb
fetidness, fetidity, noun
Synonyms
malodorous, smelly, noisome.
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Examples from the Web for foetid
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  • It is like coming out of a foetid cave into the evening sunshine.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Smell not so foetid as in type; s. yellowish and mottled inside.

  • Their clothes and their letters reek with the foetid secretion of the musk deer.

    I Say No Wilkie Collins
  • If we fail, then death is preferable to life in this foetid pit, chained up and treated like dogs.

    Sea-Dogs All!

    Tom Bevan
  • Orifice of coxal gland situated just behind that of the foetid gland.

  • A damp, foetid smell, suggestive of the rottenness of decay, assailed my nostrils and made me sneeze.

    Byways of Ghost-Land Elliott O'Donnell
  • The high society that could welcome its foetid pages was already ripe for the horrors of the Revolution.

    The War Upon Religion Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
  • The sulphurated hydrogen gas was called hepatic air by former chemists, or foetid air from sulphur, by Mr Scheele.

    Elements of Chemistry, Antoine Lavoisier
  • foetid glands: glandular structures from which a foul smelling liquid may be ejected.

  • Also the stench was so dreadful that we must bind linen about our nostrils to strain the foetid air.

    Moon of Israel H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for foetid

foetid

/ˈfɛtɪd; ˈfiː-/
adjective
1.
a variant spelling of fetid
Derived Forms
foetidly, adverb
foetidness, noun

fetid

/ˈfɛtɪd; ˈfiː-/
adjective
1.
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 foetid
adj.

see fetid; for spelling, see oe.

fetid

adj.

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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foetid in Medicine

fetid fet·id (fět'ĭd, fē'tĭd)
adj.
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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