- offensive to the smell.
- noxious; pestilential; poisonous.
Origin of mephitic
Examples from the Web for mephitic
Historical Examples of mephitic
The insect braves with impunity the strongest odours and mephitic miasmas.The Insect
Was the embryo ripe, that the womb had become its mephitic prison?The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
The warm, sluggish air lay about him, mephitic in its touch.Carmen Ariza
Charles Francis Stocking
But the heat and mephitic vapors of his native isle revenged him.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
William Milligan Sloane
Its mephitic influence in society is too palpable to be overlooked.Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 6 (of 6)
- poisonous; foul
- foul-smelling; putrid
Word Origin for mephitic
1620s, "of poisonous smell," from Late Latin mephiticus, from Latin mephitis, mefitis "noxious vapor" (also personified as a goddess believed to have the power to avert it).
- Having a foul odor; foul-smelling.