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Princeton's WordNet

  1. malodor, malodour, stench, stink, reek, fetor, foetor, mephitisnoun

    a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant


  1. stenchnoun

    a strong foul smell, a stink

  2. stenchnoun

    metaphorically, a foul quality

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Stenchnoun

    Etymology: from stencan , Saxon.

    Death, death; oh amiable and lovely death!
    Thou odoriferous stench, sound rottenness,
    Arise forth from thy couch of lasting night. William Shakespeare, K. John.

    So bees with smoke, and doves with noisome stench,
    Are from their hives, and houses, driv’n away. William Shakespeare.

    Physicians by the stench of feathers cure the rising of the mother. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    The ministry will be found the salt of the earth, the only thing that keeps societies of men from stench and corruption. Robert South, Sermons.

    The hoary Nar,
    Corrupted with the stench of sulphur flows,
    And into Tiber’s streams th’ infected current throws. Addis.

    Black bulls and bearded goats on altars lie,
    And clouds of sav’ry stench involve the sky. Dryden.

  2. To Stenchverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The foulness of the ponds only stencheth the water. John Mortimer.

    They had better skill to let blood than stench it. Charles I .

    Restringents to stench and incrassatives to thicken the blood. Gideon Harvey, on Consumptions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Stenchverb

    to stanch

  2. Stenchverb

    a smell; an odor

  3. Stenchverb

    an ill smell; an offensive odor; a stink

  4. Stenchnoun

    to cause to emit a disagreeable odor; to cause to stink

  5. Etymology: [AS. stencan to emit a smell, fr. stincan to smell. See Stench, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Stench

    stensh, n. stink: a strong bad odour or smell.—adj. Stench′y. [A.S. stenc; Ger. stank.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of stench in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of stench in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of stench in a Sentence

  1. Campbell Shipping Dhadwal:

    I could smell a stench ... the vomit, the urination on deck, the whole ship was filthy. ... Everything was dumped on board including the life jackets. We had to get the ship clean and fumigated and get health checks for the crew and replenish the ship.

  2. Donald Trump:

    I want to tell you, we have great people in the Department of Justice, we have great people. These are people, I really believe, you take a poll, I got to be at 95 %, but we had some real bad ones -- you see what's happened at the The New York Times, The New York Times're all gone, The New York Times're all gone, The New York Times're all gone. But there's a lingering stench and we're going to get rid of that, too.

  3. Mohammad Rafiq:

    The air is better here. There is no stench. I would have been happier if we lived here.

  4. Chief Seattle:

    The air is precious to the red man, for all things share the same breath-the beast, the tree, the man, they all share the same breath. The white man does not seem to notice the air he breathes. Like a man dying for many days, he is numb to the stench.

  5. Abu Ahmad:

    We don't dare come out of our houses, there is death everywhere, the stench of death, of destruction. It's terrifying.

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