Adjective "mephitic" definition and examples

Pronunciation

/mɪˈfɪtɪk/

Definitions and examples

adjective

(especially of a gas or vapour) foul-smelling; noxious.
  1. 'The revelation gave a new frisson to such descriptions as that of Silas Wegg, stumping triumphantly over the mounds, his wooden leg puncturing the surface crust, leaving a trail of mephitic vapours behind him.'
  2. 'But why did all become so nasty in the last few years, so raucous, so mephitic?'

Definitions

1. offensive to the smell.

2. noxious; pestilential; poisonous.

More examples(as adjective)

"vapours can be mephitic."

"stenchs can be mephitic."

"rivers can be mephitic."

"lakes can be mephitic."

"areas can be mephitic."

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Origin

Early 17th century: from late Latin mephiticus, from mephitis ‘noxious exhalation’.