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stench

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noun
  1. an offensive smell or odor; stink.
  2. a foul quality.

Origin of stench

before 900; Middle English; Old English stenc odor (good or bad); akin to stink
Related formsstench·ful, adjective

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See odor.
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Examples from the Web for stench

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Historical Examples

  • The dust, the smoke, and the stench of the powder were suffocating.

  • Fog, and drizzle, and smoke, and stench composed the atmosphere.

    David Elginbrod

    George MacDonald

  • Stench of fat kitchens, of soft bubbling alleys, of gleaming refuse.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • And I don't like the stench of that kind of cop in my place.

    Police Your Planet

    Lester del Rey

  • At the vesper hour, there came an eighth, the stench of which was horrible.

    Thais

    Anatole France


British Dictionary definitions for stench

stench

noun
  1. a strong and extremely offensive odour; stink

Word Origin

Old English stenc; related to Old Saxon, Old High German stank; see stink
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Word Origin and History for stench

n.

Old English stenc "a smell" (either pleasant or unpleasant), from Proto-Germanic *stankwiz (cf. Old Saxon stanc, Old High German stanch, German stank). Related to stincan "emit a smell" (see stink) as drench is to drink. The notion of "evil smell" predominated from c.1200.

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