Definition of odour in English:
- He could smell the familiar odour of rotting foliage in his nostrils.
- During that time, the officer had smelled the odour of alcohol on the accused's breath.
- Only when the deity smells the odour of sacrifice rightly made does he respond.
- It's a bit of an art, because you have to ensure a silent evacuation and a quick disassociation from any lingering odours.
- The place still had an aura, and an odor, of corrupt bureaucrats and their intellectual lackeys about it.
- Judging by auras and odors, the woman and one man were witches.
Today an odour (from Latin odor) tends to be an unpleasant smell, but in medieval times it was a sweet smell or perfume. This gives us the expression odour of sanctity for a state of holiness—a sweet scent was supposedly given off by the bodies of saints when they were at or near death. To be in good odour (or in bad odour) with someone is to be in (or out of) favour with them, a use that has been around since the end of the 17th century.
be in good (or bad) odour with
- informal Be in (or out of) favour with (someone): I want him in good odour again with his kingMore example sentences
- For a long time Lucas was in bad odour with military veterans.
- The party does not want to be in bad odour with the United States again.
- Well, the only real explanation is that Britain is in very bad odour with the Greeks because of the Elgin Marbles.
odour of sanctity
- 2.1A state of holiness.Example sentences
- His manual for organizers points out that mobilizing the religious community imparts the odor of sanctity to a left-wing social agenda.
- Made dogma in the Christian doctrine of the ‘odor of sanctity,’ that moral interpretation of corrupt and incorruptible flesh permeated secular culture as well.
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