stench

noun
\ 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

Synonyms

funk, reek, stink

Antonyms

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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On Friday, reporters accompanying Vice President Mike Pence on a tour of the McAllen, Texas, Border Patrol station’s migrant detention center said about 400 men were crowded into hot, fenced pens with a horrendous stench. Andrea Castillo, latimes.com, "Long-threatened ICE raids set to begin amid questions and protests," 14 July 2019 Durian, a tropical fruit famous for its gym-sock stench, has recently become wildly popular in China. Julie Wernau, WSJ, "Rising Demand for Delivery Is Shifting China’s Grocery Landscape," 24 June 2019 Mario Rivera and his veterinarian wife, Stefanie Worwag, asked their neighbor's permission first and are using copious amounts of lime to speed decomposition and reduce the stench. NBC News, "Scientists ask for private beaches to study gray whale carcasses," 21 June 2019 Mario Rivera and his veterinarian wife, Stefanie Worwag, asked their neighbor’s permission first and are using copious amounts of lime to speed decomposition and reduce the stench. Washington Post, "US agency seeks ‘hosts’ for rotting whales amid die-off," 21 June 2019 Apart from the stench, the plant's unpredictable blooming cycle is part of its mystique. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "The World's Stinkiest Flower is Ready to Bloom in the Bronx," 21 June 2019 The bloom also causes respiratory irritations in people which, coupled with the stench of rotting marine life, sent many tourists inland away from the beaches, seaside attractions and restaurants with outdoor seating. Jennifer Kay, The Seattle Times, "Experts: Hurricane Michael failed to end Florida’s red tide," 15 Oct. 2018 The stench of a politically motivated witch hunt is in the air. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Mueller Bores Into Trump Adviser Roger Stone’s Ties to WikiLeaks," 30 Nov. 2018 Rescue workers smeared Vick’s Vapo-Rub under their noses to try to numb their senses against the stench. Michael Biesecker, The Seattle Times, "Hurricane could flood many waste sites, creating toxic brew," 11 Sep. 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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stench

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stench

: a very bad smell

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