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1. An offensive smell; a stench.
2. A poisonous or foul-smelling gas emitted from the earth.

[Latin mefītis, mephītis.]

me·phit′ic (-fĭt′ĭk) adj.
me·phit′i·cal·ly adv.


(mɪˈfɪtɪk) or


1. poisonous; foul
2. foul-smelling; putrid
[C17: from Late Latin mephīticus pestilential]
meˈphitically adv


(məˈfɪt ɪk)

1. offensive to the smell.
2. noxious; pestilential.
[1615–25; < Late Latin]
me•phit′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mephitic - of noxious stench from atmospheric pollutionmephitic - of noxious stench from atmospheric pollution



1. Capable of injuring or killing by poison:
2. Having an unpleasant odor:
Informal: smelly.
References in classic literature ?
That merry scamp's face whose beaming had so often restored serenity to the priest's sombre physiognomy, was now powerless to melt the gloom which grew more dense every day over that corrupted, mephitic, and stagnant soul.
His little wife, insensible to all appearance, was slung over his great shoulder, and he blundered and thundered up the stair, scrambling and tripping, but carrying himself and her through sheer will-force through that mephitic atmosphere to the haven of temporary safety.
"The poison may be a mere stratum or layer in the ether--a mephitic Gulf Stream across that mighty ocean in which we float.
The air he inhaled was no longer pure, but thick and mephitic, -- he was in prison.
From this crawling flapping mass of obscene reptilian life came the shocking clamor which filled the air and the mephitic, horrible, musty odor which turned us sick.
The mephitic gases of that region intoxicate the brain.
LAHORE -- The air in the Punjab Assembly has always been mephitic with mutual hatred and rancour but the Monday sitting must have worsened its own record with members questioning each other's standing (auqat), warning each other of arrests, telling each other to shut up and, to top it all, one of the minority members had to face an extremely derogatory remark.
A stink so mephitic, so noxious, so repugnant, so repulsive, that I could feel the individual malodorous molecules whizzing up my nostrils and setting up camp.
We just wish you hadn't written this offensive, selfserving, mendacious mephitic book.
He is new air, too, but air neither fresh nor healthy; he is, rather, a storm gusting hot and mephitic wind.
This reflex of memory and ritual belongs as much to the chamberlains as it does to Macbeth, who, despite his memory being a mephitic fume of horror and revulsion and his nature being drenched in Duncan's blood, seeks God's blessing as earnestly as the men he is about to slaughter.
The lecture --a typical Higher Critical exposition of the sources from which the idea of the divinity of Christ sprang--proves more intellectual than the service at Rome, though also more stifling: although "Truth's atmosphere may grow mephitic / When Papist struggles with Dissenter" (900-01),