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odorous

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of odorous

as in odoriferous, odiferous

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How does the adjective odorous contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of odorous are aromatic, fragrant, and redolent. While all these words mean "emitting and diffusing scent," odorous applies to whatever has a strong distinctive smell whether pleasant or unpleasant.

odorous cheeses should be tightly wrapped

When can aromatic be used instead of odorous?

The meanings of aromatic and odorous largely overlap; however, aromatic applies to things emitting pungent often fresh odors.

an aromatic blend of tobaccos

When might fragrant be a better fit than odorous?

In some situations, the words fragrant and odorous are roughly equivalent. However, fragrant applies to things (such as flowers or spices) with sweet or agreeable odors.

a fragrant rose

When would redolent be a good substitute for odorous?

The words redolent and odorous are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, redolent applies usually to a place or thing impregnated with odors.

the kitchen was redolent of garlic and tomatoes

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The first known use of odorous was in the 15th century

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“Odorous.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/odorous. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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