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  • a fetid stench coming from the garbage pile
  • deplorable conditions in a fetid hospital
  • One wondered about this, as also about the swarms of flies which hung about the scene, literally blackening the air, and the strange, fetid odor which assailed one’s nostrils, a ghastly odor, of all the dead things of the universe.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • A cigarette glowed amid the tangle of white hair, and the air of the room was fetid with stale tobacco smoke.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Return of Sherlock Holmes

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  • It was hot in this area of the park, the jungle close and fetid around them.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • The flashlight wormed its way into his guts and turned the sweet taste of muscadine into rotten fetid bile.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • After the fetid, dank stench of the sewers, it was amazing.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • War veterans fallen from wheelchairs and into the fetid streets.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • They were shortish, balding, and had something fetid going on on their upper lips.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • The wind through the open windows had broomed out all the fetid feeling of absence and nothingness.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God

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  • The Vogon began to read—a fetid little passage of his own devising.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • Stendahl drank it in, the dreariness, the oppression, the fetid vapors, the whole "atmosphere," so delicately contrived and fitted.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • some fetid guinea pigs and rabbits
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd’nhead Wilson
  • The smells of grass and snow cut through the fetid breath of the tunnel.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The door to the tenement building creaked open, sending out puffs of foul, fetid air.
    Margaret Peterson Haddix  --  Uprising
  • But Emma could neither speak nor stand, and we were alone in the underground station but for two women in raincoats who were backing away, holding their noses against the hollow’s fetid stench.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City
  • The smell of Formalin swirled about like the fetid breath of an undertaker’s back parlor.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • Last night I barely slept on the cold porch of the school, and before that I was on a soiled mattress in a fetid room with three other children.
    Christina Baker Kline  --  Orphan Train
  • I have spoken several times about Sophie’s reticence concerning Auschwitz, her firm and generally unyielding silence about that fetid sinkhole of her past.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I tried to thank him again, as I paused by the makeshift pallet before returning to my fetid sanctuary, but he waved away my appreciation with a gracious hand.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • A gust of fetid odor rose from the body, and all three men recoiled.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • The air was fetid and close with the smell of the birth.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • He suppressed his distaste-they smelled like fetid meat-and turned away.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • All right then; limpid, salubrious: no gush of bilge water had turned it to fetid puddle.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Langdon and Vittoria hurried into the fetid dimness.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • The engines were howling again as though in pain, and the air inside the plane was acrid with the smell of machinery and fetid with the stench of gasoline.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Holly could smell its fetid breath through her filters.
    Eoin Colfer  --  Artemis Fowl
  • The fetid closeness of the air, and a famishing diet, united perhaps to some fears of ultimate retribution, had constrained them to surrender at discretion.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • One wondered about this, as also about the swarms of flies which hung about the scene, literally blackening the air, and the strange, fetid odor which assailed one’s nostrils, a ghastly odor, of all the dead things of the universe.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The grass died underneath the boulders and when it rained, the insides of the fort were a fetid puddle, but it stayed there, though Buckley went there less and less, and it was Hal who finally begged him to make improvements.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Jerking upward, the Ra’zac caught Roran’s wrist in midair and chittered with delight, blowing its fetid breath onto his face.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • The smell of sweat, of blood, of unwashed bodies, of excrement rose up in waves of blistering heat until the fetid stench almost nauseated her.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • A faint, fetid smell came from him, and a thread of green liquid oozed from his crushed head.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • An unusual, fetid odor wafted out of the darkness.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Then she closed her eyes and several things happened at once: Harry’s scar prickled painfully; the Horcrux twitched so that the front of his sweater actually moved; the dark, fetid room dissolved momentarily.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • The den upon which his eye now rested was abject, dirty, fetid, pestiferous, mean, sordid.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • So they looked at the fire, with that same dull and static amaze which they had brought down from the old fetid caves where knowing began, as though, like death, they had never seen fire before.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • I can smell the moisture in the air, a fetid, living thing.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • Florentino Ariza was the first to jump on land from the mail sloop, and from that time on he no longer detected the fetid reek of the bay in the city, but was aware only of the personal fragrance of Fermina Daza.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • And so he might have waited for many days, thinking of this and that, had not one early morning, the lad, his eldest son, come home in the dawn with his face hot and red with wine drinking, and his breath was fetid and his feet unsteady.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • And the vampire lunged at me, that strangled cry rising again as the stench of fetid breath rose in my nostrils and the clawlike fingers cut into the very fur of my cape.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • And then imagine this sickening stench, multiplied a millionfold and a millionfold again from the millions upon millions of fetid carcasses massed together in the reeking darkness, a huge and rotting human fungus.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • During the night, our fetid exhalations had condensed on the tent fabric to form a fragile, interior sheath of hoarfrost; as I sat up and began rooting around in the dark for my clothing, it was impossible not to brush against the low nylon walls, and every time I did so it instigated a blizzard inside the tent, covering everything with ice crystals.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • The fetid stench that had hung over the city for weeks was gone, replaced with brittle, pure air.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • He designed a sewage system for Berlin that transformed it from a fetid sty into one of Europe’s healthiest cities.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Mountains Beyond Mountains
  • After slogging through fetid jungles and fighting across coral outcroppings, the survivors of battle had only memories of their fallen buddies as they gazed out at the sea from the transports returning them to their base for more training.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • If in some hideous dissecting-room or fetid laboratory you found this man lying on a leaden table with red gutters scooped out in it for the blood to flow through, you would simply look upon him as an admirable subject.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • It was just a slow, sludging green ribbon lawn that ferried fetid garbage to the sea.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • …and great councils are often troubled with redundant, ebullient, and other peccant humours; with many diseases of the head, and more of the heart; with strong convulsions, with grievous contractions of the nerves and sinews in both hands, but especially the right; with spleen, flatus, vertigos, and deliriums; with scrofulous tumours, full of fetid purulent matter; with sour frothy ructations: with canine appetites, and crudeness of digestion, besides many others, needless to mention.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • And so we dreamed and loved and planned by fall and winter, and the full flush of the long Southern spring, till the hot winds rolled from the fetid Gulf, till the roses shivered and the still stern sun quivered its awful light over the hills of Atlanta.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
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