- 1A distinctive smell, especially an unpleasant one: the odour of cigarette smokeMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2A lingering quality or impression attaching to something: an odour of suspicionMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1 [mass noun, with adjective] The state of being held in a specified regard: a decade of bad odour between Britain and the European CommunityMore example sentences
- Let us begin by asking how it came about that the tradition fell into bad odor among us.
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
- A sweet odour reputedly emitted by the bodies of saints at or near death.More example sentences
- As with the odour of sanctity, the stench of sin was believed to be particularly noticeable when the soul left the body at the time of death.
- A state of holiness.More 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.
Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Latin odor 'smell, scent'.