Word of the Day: Fetid

fetid (also foetid)

fet-id / fĕt-ĭd, -tĭd


1.  having a terrible, offensive smell; stinking; foul

One wondered about this, as also about the swarms of flies which hung about the scene, literally blackening the air, and the strange, fetid odor which assailed one’s nostrils, a ghastly odor, of all the dead things of the universe.

From “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, 1878 – 1968