\ 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 In that state, poor, mostly Black neighbors of the nation’s largest pork producers had filed lawsuits alleging manure runoff from hog farms was reaching their homes, causing a stench and diminishing property values. Lulu Ramadan, ProPublica, "“They’re Trying to Make It So We Walk Away”: It’s About to Get Harder to File Lawsuits Saying Sugar Harvesters Poisoned the Air," 28 Apr. 2021 The terror rises off the survivors like a stench; the sound of fear reverberates. Washington Post, "Americans are stubbornly unmoved by death," 23 Mar. 2021 Their performance at Hinkle Fieldhouse cleared out the remaining stench of the Steve Alford era, as the Bruins took the game to the higher-seeded Cougars. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: There’s a reason the Bruins are brimming with confidence in the NCAA tournament: They believe," 21 Mar. 2021 Originating in the Great Dismal Swamp of Virginia, just south of the Chesapeake Bay, the Elizabeth River is turbid and brackish, its banks redolent with the nose-wrinkling stench of rotting vegetation. Carrie Arnold, The Atlantic, "This Tiny Fish Can Withstand Almost Anything," 15 Mar. 2021 The stench of rotten fish clung to clothes and was virtually impossible to remove. Ian Urbina, The New Yorker, "Fish Farming Is Feeding the Globe. What’s the Cost for Locals?," 1 Mar. 2021 In some communities, the stench of raw sewage permeates the air. al, "Alabama environmental groups see opportunity in $4 billion state will get in stimulus," 28 Mar. 2021 In just a few hours residents had been shaken by an earthquake, dusted with ash and for the first time since the start of the eruption smelled the rotten-egg stench of toxic sulfur-dioxide gas. Author: Terray Sylvester, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Ballistic blocks’ shoot from Hawaii volcano, may mark start of violent eruptions," 17 May 2018 Trash piling up in the streets goes uncollected, breeding swarms of flies and emitting a pungent stench. Washington Post, "Maduro’s backers press socialism amid Venezuela’s nightmare," 17 May 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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1 May 2021

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“Stench.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stench

: a very bad smell

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