Synonyms & Antonyms of smell

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1 the quality of a thing that makes it perceptible to the sense organs in the nose
  • the smell of vanilla is supposed to be very soothing

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3 a special quality or impression associated with something
  • a law firm with a mahogany-lined boardroom that has the discernible smell of money and power

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Synonyms & Antonyms of smell (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to become aware of by means of the sense organs in the nose
  • we smelled the aroma of freshly baked cookies as soon as we walked in the house

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2 to have a vague awareness of
  • I smell something fishy about this situation

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3 to be objectionable or unsatisfactory
  • that movie smells—I wouldn't waste my money on it if I were you

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smell, scent, odor, aroma mean the quality that makes a thing perceptible to the olfactory sense. smell implies solely the sensation without suggestion of quality or character. an odd smell permeated the room scent applies to the characteristic smell given off by a substance, an animal, or a plant. the scent of lilacs odor may imply a stronger or more readily distinguished scent or it may be equivalent to smell. a cheese with a strong odor aroma suggests a somewhat penetrating usually pleasant odor. the aroma of freshly ground coffee

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The first known use of smell was in the 12th century

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“Smell.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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