overpowering, overwhelming, powerful, strong
appalling (esp. BrE), awful, foul, horrible, nauseating, sickening, terrible, unpleasant
acrid, fetid, putrid
be filled with

The air was filled with the overpowering stench of decomposing vegetation.

stench of

The stench of death hung heavily over the land.

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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  • Stench — Stench, n. [AS. stenc a strong smell, fr. stincan. See {Stink}, v. i.] 1. A smell; an odor. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Clouds of savory stench involve the sky. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. An ill smell; an offensive odor; a stink. Cowper. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stench — [stentʃ] n [C usually singular] [: Old English; Origin: stenc] 1.) a very strong bad smell = ↑stink ▪ the stench of urine 2.) something unpleasant that makes you believe that something very bad and dishonest is happening stench of ▪ a government… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Stench — Stench, v. t. [AS. stencan to emit a smell, fr. stincan to smell. See {Stench}, n.] To cause to emit a disagreeable odor; to cause to stink. [Obs.] Young. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stench — [ stentʃ ] noun count 1. ) a very bad smell, especially of decay 2. ) stench of a feeling you have that something is very unpleasant: As the battle approached, the stench of fear was everywhere …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Stench — Stench, v. t. To stanch. [Obs.] Harvey. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stench — stench; stench·ful; …   English syllables

  • stench — [stench] n. [ME < OE stenc < base of stincan, to STINK] an offensive smell or odor; stink …   English World dictionary

  • stench|y — «STEHN chee», adjective. having a stench or offensive smell …   Useful english dictionary

  • stench — 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 (Cf. stink)) as drench is to drink. The notion of evil smell predominated from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • stench — [n] foul odor fetor, funk*, malodor, mephitis, noisomeness, redolence, smell, stink*; concepts 599,600 Ant. perfume, sweetness …   New thesaurus

  • stench — ► NOUN ▪ a strong and very unpleasant smell. ORIGIN Old English, related to STINK(Cf. ↑stink) …   English terms dictionary

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