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or foe·tor

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  1. a strong, offensive smell; stench.
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Origin of fetor

1475–1500; < Latin, equivalent to fēt- (stem of fētēre to stink) + -or -or1; replacing earlier fetour < Middle French < Latin fētōr-, stem of fētor
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Historical Examples

  • The fetor of the skin, so characteristic of the negro, is not found in the Bushman.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4


  • Fetor of the breath, the perspiration and the skin are likewise noticeable.

    Gilbertus Anglicus

    Henry Ebenezer Handerson

  • Do they, as many saints have done, smell the fetor of sin, the foul reek of evil in the souls that pass by them?

    The Cathedral

    Joris-Karl Huysmans

  • Fetor exhaled from its gaping jaws, smoke from its nostrils; its eyes were flame.

    The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci

    Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky

  • When fetor exists, as during the detachment of patches of exudation, antiseptic and detergent sprays may be employed.

British Dictionary definitions for fetor



  1. an offensive stale or putrid odour; stench
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin, from fētēre to stink
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Word Origin and History for fetor


"offensive smell," mid-15c., from Latin fetor, foetor, from fetere (see fetid).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

fetor in Medicine


(fētər, -tôr′)
  1. A very offensive odor.
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