American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having an offensive odor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having an offensive smell; stinking.
- n. See fetid, fetor.
- adj. Foul-smelling, Stinking.
- n. rare The foul-smelling assafoetida plant, or its extracts.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having an offensive smell; stinking.
- adj. offensively malodorous
- From the Latin adjective, fetidus ("having offensive odour") (often incorrectly foetidus, giving rise to the variant spelling), originally feteo ("to stink"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin fētidus, from fētēre, to stink. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Ephemerides, Schurig, 9.18 and Hoffman report instances of what they call fetid semen (possibly a complication of urethral disease).”
“The Ephemerides, Schurig, and Hoffman report instances of what they call fetid semen (possibly a complication of urethral disease).”
“It was piercing cold, with a burning sun; and we experienced a nasty, choking, sickening smell of sulphur, which arose in fetid puffs from the many-coloured surface – dead white, purple, dull red, green, and brilliant yellow.”
“The Vale of the Asphaltites is further remarkable for a species of limestone called the fetid, the smell of which, as its name imports, is extremely offensive.”
“The air defines the word fetid, with overcrowded conditions and men shuffling around in their orange socks and flip-flops, wearing various uniforms to describe their situation (pre-trial or serving time).”
“Bank has described as fetid sewers and cities listed among the world's most polluted.”
“In the midst of all the current turmoil, it is worthwhile to recall the fetid episode involving former Clinton National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, who in the fall of 2003 was caught stealing documents from the National Archives, which he later destroyed.”
“In the Believer, author and filmmaker C.S. Leigh fondly recalls a fetid human experience.”
“Tricot had suffered greatly; only some fragments of his hands remained; but, above all, he had a great opening in his side, a kind of fetid mouth, through which the will to live seemed to evaporate.”
“I’m calling fetid bullsh*t, aphid — the emigration of nazis to Argentina does not make it a “goose-stepping” nation “giving aid and comfort to the enemies of America” — you get an F.”
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