\ ˈstench How to pronounce stench (audio) \

Definition of stench

1 : stink
2 : a characteristic repugnant quality

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Other Words from stench

stenchful \ ˈstench-​fəl How to pronounce stench (audio) \ adjective
stenchy \ ˈsten-​chē How to pronounce stench (audio) \ adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Having always wanted to work with Bale after the whole Batman business, Nolan ignores the stench of Superman Returns and signs him to play the rival magician. Joe Reid, Vulture, "What Happens in the Mirror Universe Where Darren Aronofsky Made Batman Instead of Christopher Nolan?," 12 Jan. 2021 Each play gained at least 7 yards, producing a stench of familiarity. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "A fitting finale? Typical outing for Cowboys’ defense may have been the last for DC Mike Nolan," 3 Jan. 2021 And as Republicans dug up this undying relic of Jim Crow, activists who sought to ring the alarm reported the Democratic-leaning establishment as unresponsive, ignoring its all-consuming stench. Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, The New Republic, "Don’t Reboot the 2016 Horror Show," 23 Oct. 2020 Their bodies had not been collected, Mr. Aleksanyan said, and filled the battlefield with a putrid stench. Anton Troianovski, New York Times, "At Front Lines of a Brutal War: Death and Despair in Nagorno-Karabakh," 18 Oct. 2020 Between 1911 and the 1960s, attempts to flush the contaminants out through a tunnel did not eliminate the gunk or the putrid stench that sometimes emanates from the waterway. Mihir Zaveri, New York Times, "Getting ‘Black Mayonnaise’ Out of One of America’s Dirtiest Waterways," 19 Nov. 2020 Whatever miserable stench that hovers over Allen Park has found its way to Ann Arbor. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Somehow, Michigan and MSU football have become Lionized with gut-wrenching misery," 14 Nov. 2020 Thank you Randy, working hard to clean up the stench of the 2020 Election Hoax! Sarah Midkiff,, "Trump’s Retweets Of Randy Quaid Prove That Everything’s Just Great In The White House," 24 Nov. 2020 The Ravens could move past not only a confounding loss to the New England Patriots but also the stench of last year’s playoff stunner. Jonas Shaffer,, "After gutting overtime loss to Titans, Ravens are running out of time — and solutions," 22 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of stench was before the 12th century

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25 Jan 2021

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“Stench.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stench

: a very bad smell

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