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fetid (adj) smelling bad and unpleasant; stinking.

When vegetables and other organic matter decay they give out fetid smell, that is, a very bad and unpleasant smell. The air is fetid, if the air at a place smells bad. The waters of a lake may smell fetid because of the rotting weeds in it. Fetid smell, in short, is bad and unpleasant smell.

  • The festering injury he sustained as a result of an accident became fetid, and the nurse had to close her nostrils as she approached him to dress the injury.
  • The air was full of fetid small as the dead bodies had been lying for days together, unextricated, from under the debris following the earth quake.
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