an offensive smell or odor; stink.
a foul quality.

before 900; Middle English; Old English stenc odor (good or bad); akin to stink

stenchful, adjective

See odor. Unabridged
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stench (stɛntʃ)
a strong and extremely offensive odour; stink
[Old English stenc; related to Old Saxon, Old High German stank; see stink]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. stenc "a smell" (either pleasant or unpleasant), from P.Gmc. *stankwiz (cf. O.S. stanc, O.H.G. stanch, Ger. stank). Related to stincan "emit a smell" (see stink) as drench is to drink. The notion of "evil smell" predominated from c.1200.
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Example sentences
The sickening stench of burned plastic permeated the air.
More corpses than the ground could accommodate resulted in the stench of decay
  and the constant risk of disease.
Visitors approaching the camp for the first time often retched from the stench.
Toward the end, gangrene could set in, rotting fingers and toes and driving
  away caregivers with the horrific stench.
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