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How does the noun redolence differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of redolence are fragrance, perfume, and scent. While all these words mean "a sweet or pleasant odor," redolence implies a mixture of fragrant or pungent odors.

the redolence of a forest after a rain

Where would fragrance be a reasonable alternative to redolence?

While in some cases nearly identical to redolence, fragrance suggests the odors of flowers or other growing things.

the fragrance of pine

In what contexts can perfume take the place of redolence?

The words perfume and redolence are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, perfume may suggest a stronger or heavier odor.

the perfume of lilacs

How do scent and perfume relate to one another, in the sense of redolence?

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

scent-free soaps

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“Redolence.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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