me·​phit·​ic mə-ˈfi-tik How to pronounce mephitic (audio)
: of, relating to, or resembling mephitis : foul-smelling
mephitic vapors

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Gradually, however, in the 1980s, Duplin’s pastoral idyll becomes a mephitic dead zone, thanks to the nightmarish business scheme of an ambitious hog farmer named Wendell H. Murphy. Jeff Calder, ajc, 3 June 2022 These moments of reckoning—in which something that once felt exciting begins to seem noxious, mephitic, dangerous—are important to heed. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, 5 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1623, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mephitic was circa 1623

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Cite this Entry

“Mephitic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


me·​phit·​ic mə-ˈfit-ik How to pronounce mephitic (audio)
: having a foul odor
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