fe·​tor | \ ˈfē-tər How to pronounce fetor (audio) , ˈfē-ˌtȯr \

Definition of fetor

: a strong offensive smell : stench

Examples of fetor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The musty aroma didn’t supplant the fetor of failure and futility that hung in the air and along the corridors, like inert gases or the ghosts of the League of Nations. Alejandro Varela, Harper's magazine, "Carlitos in Charge," 16 Sep. 2019 The fetor was historic, and writers pulled out the literary stops. Alexandra Mullen, WSJ, "The Stink That Sank London," 11 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of fetor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fetor

Middle English fetoure, from Latin foetor, from foetēre

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“Fetor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fetor. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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variants: also foetor \ ˈfēt-​ər How to pronounce fetor (audio) , ˈfē-​ˌtȯ(ə)r How to pronounce fetor (audio) \

Medical Definition of fetor

: a strong offensive smell

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