\ 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 The hills surrounding her home were blackened by fire, but the only damage to her home was the stench of smoke that was still wafting from room to room. Sarah Ravani,, "Kincade Fire: Rush of memories as residents return, see destroyed homes," 4 Nov. 2019 But the stench of something momentous was hard to miss., "On a day far from normal, few surprises - The Boston Globe," 20 Dec. 2019 More public restrooms seems like an obvious fix to the squalor and stench as homelessness surges on Los Angeles streets., "Today: $300,000 restrooms for the homeless," 10 June 2019 But the stench of something momentous was hard to miss., "On a day far from normal, few surprises - The Boston Globe," 20 Dec. 2019 But the stench of something momentous was hard to miss. Mark Leibovich, New York Times, "Impeachment Day in Washington: History Emerges From the Routine Chaos," 18 Dec. 2019 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

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Stench.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stench

: a very bad smell

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