• WordNet 3.6
    • n stench a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Fourteenth century physicians didn't know what caused the plague, but they knew it was contagious. As a result they wore an early kind of bioprotective suit which included a large beaked head piece. The beak of the head piece, which made them look like large birds, was filled with vinegar, sweet oils and other strong smelling compounds to counteract the stench of the dead and dying plague victims.
    • Stench A smell; an odor. "Clouds of savory stench involve the sky."
    • Stench An ill smell; an offensive odor; a stink.
    • v. t Stench To cause to emit a disagreeable odor; to cause to stink.
    • v. t Stench To stanch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stench An ill smell; an offensive odor.
    • n stench Synonyms Stink, etc. See smell.
    • stench To cause to emit a stench; cause to stink.
    • stench An obsolete variant of stanch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stench stensh stink: a strong bad odour or smell
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  • Margaret Thatcher
    “I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. stencan, to emit a smell, fr. stincan, to smell. See Stench (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stenc; Ger. stank.


In literature:

Was it only his imagination, or had that stench grown stronger during the last few seconds?
"Storm Over Warlock" by Andre Norton
The smell of it was a stench in my nostrils.
"Wandl the Invader" by Raymond King Cummings
Oh, the stenches in the by-way!
"In The Yule-Log Glow, Vol. IV (of IV)" by Harrison S. Morris
Little I cared that the drippings of the coach fell in my mouth and eyes, and the stench of stale straw almost choked me.
"Kilgorman" by Talbot Baines Reed
The stench was abominable!
"Young Tom Bowling" by J.C. Hutcheson
The stench proceeding from others not long dead, close to which we had to pass, was most offensive.
"In New Granada" by W.H.G. Kingston
Did you ever, in your whole life, come in contact with such a stench?
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
What, then, do they do to avoid the stench arising from the dead body of this large moth?
"Masterman Ready" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Overcome with the horrid sight, and the dreadful stench which accompanied it, he reeled to the casement and gasped for breath.
"Snarley-yow" by Frederick Marryat
Welts arose, and the stench of burning flesh.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings

In poetry:

The third night came and the tapers flame
A hideous stench did make,
And they burnt as though they had been dipt
In the burning brimstone lake.
"A Ballad, Shewing How An Old Woman Rode Double, And Who Rode Before Her" by Robert Southey
He hears a roar behind,
A howl, a hoot, and a yell
A headlight strikes him blind
And a stench o'erpowers the wind Like a blast from the mouth of Hell.
"Contradictions" by Rudyard Kipling
What shall we have, the vulture or the dove?
What shall we have, undying hate or love?
What shall we have, the blessing of the breath,
Or the stench and the silences of death?
"The Day of Decision" by George Sterling
The Great will never amongst hogs reside,
Whose stench and hideous grunt they can't endure;
Christ and his holy Spirit can't abide
In the same house with those that are impure.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
What are they saying? A stenching silence settles down.
We are here with a body laid out which fades away,
with a pure shape which had nightingales
and we see it being filled with depth less holes.
"Lament For Ignacio Sanchez Mejias" by Federico Garcia Lorca
There the great flare & stench, O flying creatures,
surely will dim-dim? Bars will be closed.
No girl will again
conceive above your throes. A fine thunder peals
will with its friends and soon, from agony
put the fire out.
"Dream Song 44: Tell it to the forest fire, tell it to the moon" by John Berryman

In news:

The stench of cheating is hard to shake on the tour just ask Vijay Singh how long it took him to get past his reputation.
Former SEAL talks traumatic "stench of combat " and PTSD.
Cove blessed with nature's beauty reels from its stench.
I'm starting to get the stench of "geek" in my hair.
The stench from Wednesday, when the Astros let the Reds absolutely steal a game, has had a chance to waft into the distance.
Johanna Foods unveils plan to prevent summer stench that plagues neighborhood .
The Stench of a Snitch .
(AP) — Cheyenne officials are looking for money to remove the stench from a lake in Holliday Park.
In the IMF succession battle, a stench of colonialism.
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