\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 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 In a not-so-shocking development, a World Cup hosted by a fascist dictatorship had the wretched stench of foul play. Jim Reineking, USA TODAY, "Every FIFA World Cup champion: From 1930 Uruguay to 2014 Germany," 25 May 2018 After a short police chase, Jones' SUV was pulled over and the arresting officer believed the vehicle to be filled with smoke, as the stench of marijuana was apparent, according to Chief Deputy James Yarbrough. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Jim Jones Talks Recent Arrest & Challenges 50 Cent to a Boxing Match," 26 June 2018 And a visitor from a state agency vomited because the stench was so bad. Steve Burns, ajc, "Child found in house with roaches and feces, police say," 21 June 2018 So was the stench, like nothing the captives had ever smelled before. Jay Winik, WSJ, "Trump’s Critics Desecrate the Holocaust," 21 June 2018 The stench permeating the grounds was so bad, officers had to cover their mouths and noses. Kelli Bender,, "More than 80 Dogs, Including Days-Old Puppies, Rescued from Excrement-Caked Puppy Mill in Alabama," 10 July 2018 But perhaps someone, such as Gov. Rick Snyder — or one of the gubernatorial candidates who work in his administration and still have the stench of the Flint water crisis on them — could give the president a call. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Trump administration can reunite children held in Michigan right now," 23 June 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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The first known use of stench was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of stench

: a very bad smell

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