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fetor

Syllabification: fe·tor
Pronunciation: /ˈfēdər
 
/
(British also foetor)

Definition of fetor in English:

noun

A strong, foul smell: the fetor of decay
More example sentences
  • When Arima, one of the main characters, goes crazy later in the same story, it seems to be tied to an increased fetor: ‘The stench of pus and smell of sweat filled the hut oppressively’.
  • And Prescott still wants to eliminate the distressing fetor: ‘If it stinks there, it should be corrected.’
  • A fetor of evil seemed to hang in the amazingly still, and stagnate air.

Origin

late 15th century: from Latin, from fetere 'to stink'. Compare with fetid.

Words that rhyme with fetor

Akita, Anita, arboreta, beater, beta, Bhagavadgita, cheater, cheetah, Demeter, Dieter, dolce vita, eater, eta, Evita, excreta, granita, greeter, heater, Juanita, litre (US liter), Lolita, maltreater, margarita, meter, metre, Peta, peter, praetor (US pretor), repeater, Rita, saltpetre (US saltpeter), secretor, Senhorita, señorita, Sita, skeeter, teeter, terra incognita, theta, treater, tweeter, ureter, veleta, zeta

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