\ 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 stenchful (audio) \ adjective
stenchy \ ˈsten-​chē How to pronounce stenchy (audio) \ 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 of garbage is a telltale sign for waste brokers, Ferrari said. Elena Shao,, "San Francisco is surviving the global recycling crisis. But it’s not easy," 9 Sep. 2019 When authorities arrived, the closet had a rotten stench, and Patino had burn marks on her body from an unknown chemical, Sawtelle said. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Boyfriend to be charged in death of child left in closet," 5 Sep. 2019 Some of this cultural cross-pollination, of course, had the stench of opportunism. New York Times, "A Secret Ingredient in Songs of Summer," 27 Aug. 2019 Searching for dinosaur bones (BBC) The stench was unbearable. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Why Wall Street is Losing Control of Tech IPOs—Data Sheet," 23 Aug. 2019 But the stench from the incident was such that the NFL, hardly known as the playground of the pure and virtuous, all but blackballed an All-Pro-caliber player in the aftermath. Dave Doyle, MMA Junkie, "Greg Hardy can keep winning, but we can't move on from his past just yet | Opinion," 21 July 2019 But pitching has been the downfall of this team, so closer Wade Davis and local hero Kyle Freeland both exceed Desmond on the stench scale. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Lunch Special: Which former Broncos quarterback do you want back on this current roster?," 26 Aug. 2019 After two days, the stench of their decomposing corpses became unbearable, Warnock recalled. Lauren Cook, CNN, "Their ancestors were slain a century ago along the US-Mexico border. They say now is the time to retell the horror," 20 July 2019 The stench of rotting corpses hung in the air despite a strong breeze as a dozen soldiers took delivery of another batch of body bags Tuesday and carefully placed them in a hilltop grave. Ben Otto, WSJ, "‘Buried in Mud’: Death Hangs Over Palu After Indonesia Quake, Tsunami," 2 Oct. 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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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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