Synonyms & Antonyms of odor

1 a special quality or impression associated with something
  • the antique shop, with its collection of strange and curious items, held an odor of mysticism

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2 the quality of a thing that makes it perceptible to the sense organs in the nose
  • some people find the odor of skunk rather pleasant

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3 overall quality as seen or judged by people in general
  • her movie career has not been in good odor since her latest box office failure

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How does the noun odor contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of odor are aroma, scent, and smell. While all these words mean "the quality that makes a thing perceptible to the olfactory sense," odor may imply a stronger or more readily distinguished scent or it may be equivalent to smell.

a cheese with a strong odor

When might aroma be a better fit than odor?

While in some cases nearly identical to odor, aroma suggests a somewhat penetrating usually pleasant odor.

the aroma of freshly ground coffee

When would scent be a good substitute for odor?

The words scent and odor can be used in similar contexts, but scent applies to the characteristic smell given off by a substance, an animal, or a plant.

the scent of lilacs

In what contexts can smell take the place of odor?

Although the words smell and odor have much in common, smell implies solely the sensation without suggestion of quality or character.

an odd smell permeated the room

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The first known use of odor was in the 13th century

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“Odor.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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