stench
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English stenc; akin to Old English stincan to emit a smell — more at stink Date: before 12th century 1. stink 2. a characteristic repugnant quality <
the stench of corruption
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stenchful adjectivestenchy adjective

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  • Stench — Stench, n. [AS. stenc a strong smell, fr. stincan. See {Stink}, v. i.] 1. A smell; an odor. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Clouds of savory stench involve the sky. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. An ill smell; an offensive odor; a stink. Cowper. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stench — [stentʃ] n [C usually singular] [: Old English; Origin: stenc] 1.) a very strong bad smell = ↑stink ▪ the stench of urine 2.) something unpleasant that makes you believe that something very bad and dishonest is happening stench of ▪ a government… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Stench — Stench, v. t. [AS. stencan to emit a smell, fr. stincan to smell. See {Stench}, n.] To cause to emit a disagreeable odor; to cause to stink. [Obs.] Young. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stench — [ stentʃ ] noun count 1. ) a very bad smell, especially of decay 2. ) stench of a feeling you have that something is very unpleasant: As the battle approached, the stench of fear was everywhere …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Stench — Stench, v. t. To stanch. [Obs.] Harvey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stench — stench; stench·ful; …   English syllables

  • stench — [stench] n. [ME < OE stenc < base of stincan, to STINK] an offensive smell or odor; stink …   English World dictionary

  • stench — O.E. stenc a smell (either pleasant or unpleasant), from P.Gmc. *stankwiz (Cf. O.S. stanc, O.H.G. stanch, Ger. stank). Related to stincan emit a smell (see STINK (Cf. stink)) as drench is to drink. The notion of evil smell predominated from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • stench — [n] foul odor fetor, funk*, malodor, mephitis, noisomeness, redolence, smell, stink*; concepts 599,600 Ant. perfume, sweetness …   New thesaurus

  • stench — ► NOUN ▪ a strong and very unpleasant smell. ORIGIN Old English, related to STINK(Cf. ↑stink) …   English terms dictionary

  • stench — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ overpowering, overwhelming, powerful, strong ▪ unmistakable ▪ appalling (esp. BrE), awful, foul …   Collocations dictionary

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