\ ˈstench How to pronounce stench (audio) \

Definition of stench

1 : stink
2 : a characteristic repugnant quality

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 The Michael Sussmann trial is over, but the stench lingers. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 2 June 2022 Eyewitnesses spoke of the stench of death stalking the streets as early summer temperatures rise. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 29 May 2022 New coach Doug Pederson and a handful of players said this past week that the team has a long way to go to rid itself of Meyer’s stench. Ben Volin,, 28 May 2022 Residents said the neighborhood was frequently filled with dust and stench from the site. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, 27 May 2022 Complaints of a rotten-egg stench began Oct. 3 and eventually came from thousands of people in at least a half-dozen communities in the area. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 6 Dec. 2021 The pleasant angelic visage bequeathing powers to Alice reeks of a demonic stench. Robert Daniels, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2021 Flight attendants referred to it as the Nasty, Nelson remembered, because the galley was so tiny that the trash piled up and the stench lingered. Jennifer Gonnerman, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 But now the stench has become too strong to ignore. Harper Simon, SPIN, 20 May 2022 See More

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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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“Stench.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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