adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin foetidus, from foetēre to stink Date: 15th century having a heavy offensive smell <
a fetid swamp
Synonyms: see malodorousfetidly adverbfetidness noun

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  • fetid — FETÍD, Ă, fetizi, de, adj. Care exală un miros puternic şi respingător. – Din fr. fétide, lat. foetidus. Trimis de LauraGellner, 10.05.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  Fetid ≠ odorant Trimis de siveco, 03.08.2004. Sursa: Antonime  FETÍD adj. v. dezagreabil …   Dicționar Român

  • Fetid — Fet id (? or ?; 277), a. [L. fetidus, foetidus, fr. fetere, foetere, to have an ill smell, to stink: cf. F. f[ e]tide.] Having an offensive smell; stinking. [1913 Webster] Most putrefactions . . . smell either fetid or moldy. Bacon. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fetid — index stale Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • fetid — early 15c., from L. fetidus (commonly, but incorrectly, foetidus) stinking, from fetere have a bad smell, stink. Perhaps connected with fimus dung, or with fumus smoke …   Etymology dictionary

  • fetid — noisome, *malodorous, stinking, putrid, rank, rancid, fusty, musty Analogous words: foul, nasty (see DIRTY): *offensive, loathsome, repulsive, repugnant, revolting Antonyms: fragrant Contrasted words: *odorous, aromatic, redolent, balmy …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • fetid — meaning ‘stinking’, is normally pronounced fet id, occasionally feet id. The spelling fet , rather than foet , is now dominant …   Modern English usage

  • fetid — [adj] foul, rancid corrupt, fusty, grody*, gross*, icky*, loathsome, lousy, malodorous, mephitic, noisome, noxious, offensive, putrid, rank, reeking, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, rotten, smelly, stenchy, stinking, stinky, strong, yecchy*,… …   New thesaurus

  • fetid — (also foetid) ► ADJECTIVE ▪ smelling very unpleasant. ORIGIN Latin fetidus, from fetere to stink …   English terms dictionary

  • fetid — [fet′id; ] also [ fēt′id] adj. [ME < L fetidus, foetidus < L foetere, to stink < IE * dhwoitos < base * dheu , to blow about > DULL] having a bad smell, as of decay; putrid fetidly adv. fetidness n …   English World dictionary

  • fetid — fet|id [ˈfetıd] adj formal [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: foetidus, from foetere to smell bad ] having a strong bad smell = ↑stinking ▪ the black fetid water of the lake ▪ the dog s fetid breath …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • fetid — [[t]fe̱tɪd, fi͟ː [/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Fetid water or air has a very strong unpleasant smell. [FORMAL] ...the fetid river of waste... The smell hit him the fetid stench of vomit and human waste. Syn: stinking (in BRIT, also use foetid) …   English dictionary

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