Definition of fetor in English:


(also foetor)


  • A strong, foul smell.

    ‘the fetor of decay’
    • ‘The elysius exuded the dry fetor of a crypt the way a noble woman reeked of perfume.’
    • ‘The final fate of Franklin's foul fetor fascinates financial philosophers - figuring fictitious financials.’
    • ‘A fetor of evil seemed to hang in the amazingly still, and stagnate air.’
    • ‘When Arima, one of the main characters, goes crazy later in the same story, it seems to be tied to an increased fetor: ‘The stench of pus and smell of sweat filled the hut oppressively’.’
    • ‘And Prescott still wants to eliminate the distressing fetor: ‘If it stinks there, it should be corrected.’’
    • ‘There was a kind of heady fetor in the air, and Alaine tried very hard not to breathe too much of it for fear of choking on it and giving her whereabouts away.’
    smell, scent, aroma, perfume, fragrance, bouquet, savour, nose, tang, essence, redolence
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Late 15th century: from Latin, from fetere ‘to stink’. Compare with fetid.