One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘a vile smell’
foul, nasty, unpleasant, bad, disagreeable, horrid, horrible, dreadful, abominable, atrocious, offensive, obnoxious, odious, unsavoury, repulsive, off-putting, repellent, revolting, repugnant, disgusting, distasteful, loathsome, hateful, nauseating, sickening
base, low, mean, wretched, disgraceful, appalling, shocking, ugly, vulgar, sorry, shabby, shameful, dishonourable, execrable, heinous, abhorrent, deplorable, monstrous, wicked, evil, dark, dirty, vicious, iniquitous, sinful, corrupt, sordid, depraved, perverted, debased, reprobate, degenerate, debauched, dissolute, contemptible, despicable, reprehensible, diabolical, diabolic, devilish, fiendish, hellish, damnable
informal yucky, sick-making, gut-churning, icky, gross, God-awful, low-down, rotten, sick
British informal beastly
Northern Irish informal bogging
North American informal lousy, vomitous
vulgar slang shitty
archaic scurvy, disgustful, loathly
rare egregious, flagitious
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