Synonyms & Antonyms of scent

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1 a sweet or pleasant smell
  • the delightful scent of her perfume

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2 the quality of a thing that makes it perceptible to the sense organs in the nose
  • dogs are able to detect scents that are far below the threshold detectable by the human nose

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Synonyms & Antonyms of scent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to fill or infuse with a pleasant odor or odor-releasing substance
  • fancy bars of soap scented with lavender

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2 to become aware of by means of the sense organs in the nose
  • the dog scented a rabbit and suddenly took off

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How does the noun scent differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of scent are fragrance, perfume, and redolence. While all these words mean "a sweet or pleasant odor," scent is very close to perfume but of wider application because more neutral in connotation.

scent-free soaps

When might fragrance be a better fit than scent?

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

the fragrance of pine

Where would perfume be a reasonable alternative to scent?

The meanings of perfume and scent largely overlap; however, perfume may suggest a stronger or heavier odor.

the perfume of lilacs

When is it sensible to use redolence instead of scent?

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

the redolence of a forest after a rain

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

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“Scent.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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