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Variant of fetor.


a variant spelling of fetor


(ˈfi tər)

an offensive smell; stench.
[1475–1500; (< Middle French) < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foetor - a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasantfoetor - a distinctive odor that is offensively unpleasant
odour, olfactory perception, olfactory sensation, smell, odor - the sensation that results when olfactory receptors in the nose are stimulated by particular chemicals in gaseous form; "she loved the smell of roses"
niff, pong - an unpleasant smell
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These things I have--a withered hand--/ foetor, sweat, the stench of stale oranges, / an undisturbed, unbreathing flame, // and tiny sky creatures buried under the snow.
Most importantly, when faced with the "awful, blasphemous horror, and the unbelievable loathsomeness and moral foetor [that] came from the simple touches quite beyond the power of words to classify"; when confronted by Pickman's skill in "daemonic portraiture," whereby "the nauseous wizard had waked the fires of hell in pigment, and his brush had been a nightmare-spawning wand" (18-19); even the urbane viewer, represented by Pickman's colleagues, cannot look upon his work with the objectifying gaze common to an aesthetic contemplation of art.
I never laid with a lover without swopping skins, sliding on the satin of her loins, breathing with her breath the foetor and the fragrances of the flesh, holding fast, as though I clasped to me my life, her slick body's twining length, motherly, sweet milkiness of her sweat, and all of her roundnesses slotting in the crying hollows of my heart.