Definition of fetor in US English:


(British foetor)


  • A strong, foul smell.

    ‘the fetor of decay’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    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.