- an offensive smell or odor; stink.
- a foul quality.
Origin of stench
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Examples from the Web for stench
The stench of corruption is settling over world soccer like a poisonous fog, and players are paying the price.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
December 8, 2014
In the darkness none of the others could tell where the stench came from.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
They were being carried out and the stench of their rotting flesh and bloated guts made it hard to examine them closely.Did Israel Execute Jihadists in Gaza?
September 7, 2014
The small family home is still intact but the stench of rotting flesh that comes from inside is overpowering.Who Is Behind Gaza's Mass Execution?
August 1, 2014
The stench of the backed-up toilets combines with the fumes of garbage fermenting in the midday sun.Israel Is Minting the Next Generation of Hate
July 30, 2014
The dust, the smoke, and the stench of the powder were suffocating.
Fog, and drizzle, and smoke, and stench composed the atmosphere.David Elginbrod
Stench of fat kitchens, of soft bubbling alleys, of gleaming refuse.Erik Dorn
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
- a strong and extremely offensive odour; stink
Word Origin and History for stench
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.