Definition of odour in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈəʊdə
(US odor)


  • 2A lingering quality or impression attaching to something: an odour of suspicion
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    • 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.
    atmosphere, air, aura, quality, spirit, flavour, savour, emanation, hint, suggestion, impression, whiff, ambience, tone
  • 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 Community
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    • 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 king
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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'.

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