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Jun 1, 2016
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Miscellaneous words

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nitty-gritty
blag
fetid
prowess
condign

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fetid

PRONUNCIATION:
(FET-tid, FEE-TID)

MEANING:
adjective: Having a strong unpleasant odor.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin fetere (to stink). Earliest documented use: 1599.

USAGE:
“The more Trump ratchets up the demented rhetoric, the higher his polls go, so he is content to ride the fetid wave of a campaign based chiefly on blind bigotry and unapologetic stupidity.”
Trump’s Latest Bigotry is Pure Fantasy. But it Works; Star-Ledger (Newark, New Jersey); Nov 23, 2015. (WebCite)

See more usage examples of fetid in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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A career is wonderful, but you can't curl up with it on a cold night. -Marilyn Monroe, actress (1 Jun 1926-1962)

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