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Language: Old English
Origin: stenc

stench

noun
     
stench [countable usually singular]
1 a very strong bad smell [= stink]:
the stench of urine
2 something unpleasant that makes you believe that something very bad and dishonest is happening
stench of
a government filled with the stench of corruption
WORD FOCUS: smell WORD FOCUS: smell
good smell: aroma, perfume, fragrance, scent

bad smell: stink, stench, odour British English/odor American English, whiff, pong British English


See also
smell

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