Adjective "fetid" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Smelling extremely unpleasant.
  1. 'Even in the fetid water of a city canal there are ducks and the occasional rainbow.'
  2. 'The councillors pointed out everyone knew cholera was due to miasma, the rising of bad smells from the foetid surrounds.'
  3. 'The fetid sour smell of garlic, garum and stale wine on his breath overwhelmed Yohanna and she gasped for air.'
  4. 'He warned that the fetid water could spread disease and that natural gas was leaking all over town.'
  5. 'By the early hours of Sunday morning the fire was under control but days later the streets around the city's southside were blocked off and the air was fetid with the smell of damp smoke.'
  6. 'Down the embankment, paddle through four inches of fetid water and soon we were engulfed by darkness.'
  7. 'These were not only a pleasure to look down upon from a bedroom window but sent up clouds of agreeable smells to mitigate the fetid interiors.'
  8. 'And pot smoke lends a piquant tinge to the smell of fetid sweat.'
  9. 'It smelled of fetid water and decaying food; the French Quarter was quiet for the first time in hundreds of years.'
  10. 'The spectre of disease also haunted recovery efforts with doctors fearing the foetid waters and squalid conditions in shelters could breed cholera or typhoid, or mosquitoes carrying malaria or West Nile virus.'


1. having an offensive odor; stinking.

More examples(as adjective)

"rooms can be fetid with smells."

"airs can be fetid."

"breaths can be fetid."

"atmospheres can be fetid."

"waters can be fetid."

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Late Middle English: from Latin fetidus (often erroneously spelled foetidus), from fetere ‘to stink’. Compare with fetor.