American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An offensive odor; a stench. See Synonyms at stench.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any strong offensive smell; stench.
- n. An unpleasant smell.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A strong, offensive smell; stench; fetidness.
- n. a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
- Middle English fetoure, from Latin fētor, from fētēre, to stink. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“ Harry and Giselle sank into the cat hair and fetor of his double bed.”
“It appeared to be opaque glass, but it exuded the pungent fetor of magick.”
“It is a fetor that frequently accompanies the predictable libidinous lapses of pious \ "family values\" conservatives.”
“It is a fetor that frequently accompanies the predictable libidinous lapses of pious "family values" conservatives.”
“This is the raw, cutting odor of the jungle, the gash of the tropics, the fetor of equatorial darkness, the essence of everything Western civilization glosses over, dyes and tries to not think about.”
“The lather and fetor of horse sweat, the whitened eyes.”
“I say the fetor anti-judaicus is just as perceptible on them.”
“There is more of life and humanity in the driver of a battered Ford who picks up a hitchhiker in the darkling valleys of Tennessee than in the moral fetor and vanity of Washington.”
“He was excited; I could feel his heart pounding, too, and smell the reek of fresh sweat over the fetor of stale clothes and body.”
“After fording the rapid Luia, we left our former path on the banks of the Zambesi, and struck off in a N.W. direction behind one of the hill ranges, the eastern end of which is called Mongwa, the name of an acacia, having a peculiarly strong fetor, found on it.”
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