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perfume

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of perfume

(Entry 1 of 2)

a sweet or pleasant smell
  • the perfume of fresh flowers filled the room

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perfume

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of perfume (Entry 2 of 2)

to fill or infuse with a pleasant odor or odor-releasing substance
  • roses perfumed the wedding chapel

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Frequently Asked Questions About perfume

How does the noun perfume differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of perfume are fragrance, redolence, and scent. While all these words mean "a sweet or pleasant odor," perfume may suggest a stronger or heavier odor.

the perfume of lilacs

When would fragrance be a good substitute for perfume?

Although the words fragrance and perfume have much in common, fragrance suggests the odors of flowers or other growing things.

the fragrance of pine

When could redolence be used to replace perfume?

In some situations, the words redolence and perfume are roughly equivalent. However, redolence implies a mixture of fragrant or pungent odors.

the redolence of a forest after a rain

How are the words scent and perfume related?

Scent is very close to perfume but of wider application because more neutral in connotation.

scent-free soaps

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The first known use of perfume was in 1546

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“Perfume.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/perfume. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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