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stench

Syllabification: stench
Pronunciation: /sten(t)SH
 
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Definition of stench in English:

noun

A strong and very unpleasant smell: the stench of rotting fish
More example sentences
  • I lifted my jacket to my nose for a sniff - I could still smell the acrid stench of the gas.
  • As unpleasant as it may seem, the dwellers had become accustomed to their surroundings and the unpleasant odor and stenches of the dirt, grim, mud, and rat droppings.
  • As he leapt to a tall tree that had been burnt on one side, he could smell a terrible stench.
Synonyms
stink, reek, whiff, fetor, funk
literary miasma

Origin

Old English stenc 'smell', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch stank, German Gestank, also to the verb stink.

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  • stink from (Old English):

    Old English stincan ‘stink and its close relative stenc ‘smell’ source of stench both go back to a common Germanic root.

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