\ 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 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 As an overpowering stench filled the desert air, Sgt. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Known Unknown: Tales of the Yucca Man," 25 Apr. 2018 The stench has been unforgiving, according to other local accounts posted to Facebook. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Hurricane Florence Leaves Thousands of Dead, Rotting Fish on Highway," 24 Sep. 2018 The stench of human waste was overwhelming, and trash was piled on floors, according to police. Fox News, "Dozens detained in raid on vacant building in Hollywood," 12 Sep. 2018 Walking to a store in March, Olga Yevseyeva was hit by the familiar, noxious stench of rotten eggs wafting from the town landfill a few miles away. Washington Post, "A big stink erupts over landfills ringing Russia’s capital," 19 June 2018 The room is quiet, save for a roaring fume hood to mask the wretched formalin stench. Alex Prewitt,, "Hockey Players Are the Next Frontier in Head Trauma Research," 7 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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English Language Learners Definition of stench

: a very bad smell

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to take the place or position of

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