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Definition having a bad odor
  • a fetid stench coming from the garbage pile
fetid = having a bad odor
  • 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
  • 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
  • fetid = bad smelling
  • After the fetid, dank stench of the sewers, it was amazing.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • fetid = bad smelling
  • some fetid guinea pigs and rabbits
    Mark Twain  --  Pudd'nhead Wilson
  • fetid = having a bad odor
  • It was hot in this area of the park, the jungle close and fetid around them.
    Michael Crichton  --  Jurassic Park
  • fetid = having a bad odor
  • The flashlight wormed its way into his guts and turned the sweet taste of muscadine into rotten fetid bile.
    Toni Morrison  --  The Bluest Eye
  • fetid = having a bad odor
  • They were shortish, balding, and had something fetid going on on their upper lips.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • fetid = with a bad odor
  • The Vogon began to read—a fetid little passage of his own devising.
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  • fetid = having a bad odor
  • War veterans fallen from wheelchairs and into the fetid streets.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • fetid = having a bad odor
  • Stendahl drank it in, the dreariness, the oppression, the fetid vapors, the whole "atmosphere," so delicately contrived and fitted.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • fetid = having a bad odor
  • Smoke belched up in fetid clouds as it roared its outrage.
    Nora Roberts  --  Blood Brothers
  • The air was fetid and close with the smell of the birth.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • I could feel his hot and fetid breath on my neck; and with a horrid jump—awoke from my nightmare sleep.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The eyelids, the lips, the nostrils, the flesh of the cheeks, were either gone or reduced to fetid rawness.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • "It is still not too late to abandon this folly," Gerris said, as they made their way down a foetid alley toward the old spice market.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • (editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use fetid.)
  • The fetid stench that had hung over the city for weeks was gone, replaced with brittle, pure air.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Fever, 1793
  • "Good old Kehaar!" said Hazel, gazing with satisfaction round the fetid solitude.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down

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