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[fet-id, fee-tid] /ˈfɛt ɪd, ˈfi tɪd/
having an offensive odor; stinking.
Also, foetid.
Origin of fetid
1590-1600; < Latin fētidus, equivalent to fēt- (stem of fētēre to stink) + -idus -id4
Related forms
fetidly, adverb
fetidness, fetidity, noun
malodorous, smelly, noisome. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fetid
  • The bullies orchestrating a witch hunt might applaud this fetid slop, but no one else.
  • When a part fails in a well pump, the community cannot afford to repair it, and so returns to the fetid swamp to drink.
  • There are trotters with tripe-honeycombed, fetid, strictly for the adventurous.
  • In today's fetid culture wars, it may help me stay sane.
  • The fetid water mingles with hot sticky air laden with the stench of sweaty fights.
  • Troubled children bound tightly to fetid cribs they have never left since birth.
  • In their own words, survivors recount how they escaped the floods and fetid conditions--and agonize over what comes next.
  • Other information: also known a fetid buckeye, stinking buckeye.
  • fetid, sulfurous fumes escaping from lava sting the lining of the observer's throat and nostrils.
British Dictionary definitions for fetid


/ˈfɛtɪd; ˈfiː-/
having a stale nauseating smell, as of decay
Derived Forms
fetidly, foetidly, adverb
fetidness, foetidness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin fētidus, from fētēre to stink; related to fūmus smoke
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Word Origin and History for fetid

early 15c., from Latin fetidus (commonly, but incorrectly, foetidus) "stinking," from fetere "have a bad smell, stink." Perhaps connected with fimus "dung," or with fumus "smoke."

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fetid in Medicine

fetid fet·id (fět'ĭd, fē'tĭd)
Having an offensive odor.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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