\ˈstench \

Definition of stench 

1 : stink

2 : a characteristic repugnant quality

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Other Words from stench

stenchful \ˈstench-​fəl \ adjective
stenchy \ˈsten-​chē \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for stench


funk, reek, stink


aroma, fragrance, perfume

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Examples of stench in a Sentence

the stench of rotting meat we finally discovered the dead rat that was causing the stench in the basement

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The stench has been unforgiving, according to other local accounts posted to Facebook. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Florence Leaves Thousands of Dead, Rotting Fish on Highway," 24 Sep. 2018 The stench of human waste was overwhelming, and trash was piled on floors, according to police. Fox News, "Dozens detained in raid on vacant building in Hollywood," 12 Sep. 2018 Walking to a store in March, Olga Yevseyeva was hit by the familiar, noxious stench of rotten eggs wafting from the town landfill a few miles away. Washington Post, "A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia’s capital," 19 June 2018 The room is quiet, save for a roaring fume hood to mask the wretched formalin stench. Alex Prewitt,, "Hockey Players Are the Next Frontier in Head Trauma Research," 7 May 2018 Outside an Italian restaurant, the gag-inducing stench of rancid food filled the air while volunteers ferried heavy kitchen equipment to the curb. Christina Tkacik,, "Ellicott City begins the great 'muck out' — again," 3 June 2018 The stench and grime belie the city’s jaw-dropping wealth and its annual budget of more than $10 billion, which is higher than the budgets of several states. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF Public Works scrambling in 911 mode to clean city’s streets," 13 Mar. 2018 The frontier city’s size, newness, beauty, ugliness and even its stench may have helped artists to think big, and think different. Mary Wisniewski,, "'Chicago Renaissance' recalls a creative pinnacle in the city's history," 25 May 2018 The stench comes at an inconvenient time for Barbados’s prime minister, Freundel Stuart, who faces an election on May 24th. The Economist, "Barbados’s mucky election," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of stench

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for stench

Middle English, from Old English stenc; akin to Old English stincan to emit a smell — more at stink

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English Language Learners Definition of stench

: a very bad smell

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