\ ˈstench How to pronounce stench (audio) \

Definition of stench

1 : stink
2 : a characteristic repugnant quality

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stenchful \ ˈstench-​fəl How to pronounce stenchful (audio) \ adjective
stenchy \ ˈsten-​chē How to pronounce stenchy (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 Does that mean Titan aliens could conceivably share the hearty stench of a garage filled with flatulent auto mechanics? Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, "Aliens Smell Like Farts," 25 Nov. 2019 But the final eight minutes of the second half didn’t come close to wiping away the stench of the first 12 minutes. oregonlive, "Oregon State can learn from its early-season 77-69 loss to Oklahoma, but Beavers blow a huge opportunity," 13 Nov. 2019 But inside the gleaming facility, incinerated sludge powers a sleek—and stench-free—thermal spa. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "You Can Hike, Fish and Even Ski at These Visitor-Friendly Power Plants," 16 Oct. 2019 The scent of a winner’s confidence is as aromatic as bacon frying on the grill, while the stench of creeping pessimism cannot be masked by a whole grove of magnolia trees. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Nathan MacKinnon declares Avs’ time to win big is now: “You’ve got to know you’re good to be good. And we’ve got that swag.”," 9 Oct. 2019 High Rock, Bahamas (CNN)Step into the Bahamian town of High Rock and three things hit you immediately: Silence, a stench of death, and utter destruction left by Hurricane Dorian. Patrick Oppmann And Jason Hanna, CNN, "Dorian cut off the town of High Rock on Grand Bahama for days and nearly every structure is destroyed," 6 Sep. 2019 Typically, the sewage stench lessens during the day because of an uptick in use — with more flushes, sewage continuously moves through the system. Daily Pilot, "Work targeting stink at Laguna Beach wastewater station is set to begin Tuesday," 29 Aug. 2019 After a storm, the junior warden knows what might await him at North Baltimore’s Church of the Guardian Angel: a putrid stench and gray-brown bubbling waste coating the basement floors. Talia Richman,, "‘Not acceptable’: Baltimore City Council pushes for action on sewage backups, lagging reimbursement program," 13 Nov. 2019 Employees recognize that the stench of salad is essential for warding off the tiny meat goblins living in our desk drawers. Briana Haynie And Ysabel Yates, The New Yorker, "New-Employee Contract for Our Cursed Office," 29 Oct. 2019

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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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7 Dec 2019

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“Stench.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of stench

: a very bad smell

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