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foetid

[fet-id, fee-tid] /ˈfɛt ɪd, ˈfi tɪd/
adjective
1.

fetid

or foetid

[fet-id, fee-tid] /ˈfɛt ɪd, ˈfi tɪd/
adjective
1.
having an offensive odor; stinking.
Origin of fetid
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin fētidus, equivalent to fēt- (stem of fētēre to stink) + -idus -id4
Related forms
fetidly, adverb
fetidness, fetidity, noun
Synonyms
malodorous, smelly, noisome.
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Examples from the Web for foetid
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  • The symptoms which induce women to seek medical aid are haemorrhage, foetid discharge, and later pain and cachexia.

  • It is like coming out of a foetid cave into the evening sunshine.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • Orifice of coxal gland situated just behind that of the foetid gland.

  • Their clothes and their letters reek with the foetid secretion of the musk deer.

    I Say No Wilkie Collins
  • Smell not so foetid as in type; s. yellowish and mottled inside.

  • If we fail, then death is preferable to life in this foetid pit, chained up and treated like dogs.

    Sea-Dogs All! Tom Bevan
  • The high society that could welcome its foetid pages was already ripe for the horrors of the Revolution.

    The War Upon Religion Rev. Francis A. Cunningham
  • A damp, foetid smell, suggestive of the rottenness of decay, assailed my nostrils and made me sneeze.

    Byways of Ghost-Land Elliott O'Donnell
  • Also the stench was so dreadful that we must bind linen about our nostrils to strain the foetid air.

    Moon of Israel H. Rider Haggard
  • The sulphurated hydrogen gas was called hepatic air by former chemists, or foetid air from sulphur, by Mr Scheele.

    Elements of Chemistry, Antoine Lavoisier
British Dictionary definitions for foetid

foetid

/ˈfɛtɪd; ˈfiː-/
adjective
1.
a variant spelling of fetid
Derived Forms
foetidly, adverb
foetidness, noun

fetid

/ˈfɛtɪd; ˈfiː-/
adjective
1.
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 foetid
adj.

see fetid; for spelling, see oe.

fetid

adj.

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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foetid in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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