fetid

adjective
fet·​id | \ ˈfe-təd How to pronounce fetid (audio) , especially British ˈfē-tid\

Definition of fetid

: having a heavy offensive smell a fetid swamp

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Other Words from fetid

fetidly adverb
fetidness noun

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malodorous, stinking, fetid, noisome, putrid, rank, fusty, musty mean bad-smelling. malodorous may range from the unpleasant to the strongly offensive. malodorous fertilizers stinking and fetid suggest the foul or disgusting. prisoners were held in stinking cells the fetid odor of skunk cabbage noisome adds a suggestion of being harmful or unwholesome as well as offensive. a stagnant, noisome sewer putrid implies particularly the sickening odor of decaying organic matter. the putrid smell of rotting fish rank suggests a strong unpleasant smell. rank cigar smoke fusty and musty suggest lack of fresh air and sunlight, fusty also implying prolonged uncleanliness, musty stressing the effects of dampness, mildew, or age. a fusty attic the musty odor of a damp cellar

Examples of fetid in a Sentence

a fetid pool of water the fetid odor of rotting vegetables

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On the Rakuyo Maru, 1,318 prisoners were jammed in the fetid cargo hold. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "Yes, she’s a Fisherman’s Wharf tourist attraction. But her story could make you cry," 14 Sep. 2019 The increase has caused vast overcrowding in border facilities and reports of fetid, filthy conditions and children held for weeks in temporary facilities not meant to hold anyone for longer than a few days. Colleen Long, Fortune, "US Moves FEMA, Coast Guard Money to Fund Border Programs," 28 Aug. 2019 The increase has caused vast overcrowding in border facilities and reports of fetid, filthy conditions and children held for weeks in temporary facilities not meant to hold anyone for longer than a few days. Colleen Long, Fortune, "US Moves FEMA, Coast Guard Money to Fund Border Programs," 28 Aug. 2019 The increase has caused vast overcrowding in border facilities and reports of fetid, filthy conditions and children held for weeks in temporary facilities not meant to hold anyone for longer than a few days. Colleen Long, Fortune, "US Moves FEMA, Coast Guard Money to Fund Border Programs," 28 Aug. 2019 The increase has caused vast overcrowding in border facilities and reports of fetid, filthy conditions and children held for weeks in temporary facilities not meant to hold anyone for longer than a few days. Washington Post, "US moves FEMA, Coast Guard money to fund border programs," 27 Aug. 2019 The increase has caused vast overcrowding in border facilities and reports of fetid, filthy conditions and children held for weeks in temporary facilities not meant to hold anyone for longer than a few days. Colleen Long, chicagotribune.com, "As hurricane season ramps up, millions in FEMA and Coast Guard funds to be moved to boost southern border policies," 27 Aug. 2019 He's stuffed tight with delusions of grandeur and fetid grievances. Ron Charles, Dallas News, "'The Doll Factory' is a page-turning Victorian thriller," 13 Aug. 2019 The town of Parker’s water system was swamped with fetid river water, the state had to allocate a half million dollars in emergency funds for mosquito control to stave off a public health crisis. John D'anna, azcentral, "For a while in 1983, sheets of plywood were all that kept the mighty Glen Canyon Dam from overflowing," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of fetid

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fetid

Middle English, from Latin foetidus, from foetēre to stink

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The first known use of fetid was in the 15th century

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fetid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fetid

: having a strong, unpleasant smell

fetid

adjective
fet·​id
variants: also foetid \ ˈfet-​əd, especially British ˈfē-​tid \

Medical Definition of fetid

: having a heavy offensive smell

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