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Aug 4, 2010
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troglodyte
puerile
odoriferous
jejune
vainglorious

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with Anu Garg

odoriferous

PRONUNCIATION:
(o-duh-RIF-uhr-uhs)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Giving off an odor.
2. Morally offensive.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin odor + -ferous (bearing), from ferre (to bear).

USAGE:
"Boys are fully aware of their odoriferous ways and are reluctant to change without the proper inspiration."
Curtis Weber; When Guiding Boys, Better to Open Your Heart Than Follow Your Nose; Kansas City Star; Mar 12, 2010.

"It's dead certain that when Arnold Schwarzenegger walks out of the governor's Capitol office next January, he'll leave the odoriferous budget mess behind."
Dan Walters; Candidates All Agree on Silence; Sacramento Bee (California); Mar 14, 2010.

See more usage examples of odoriferous in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Poetry, indeed, cannot be translated; and, therefore, it is the poets that preserve the languages; for we would not be at the trouble to learn a language if we could have all that is written in it just as well in a translation. But as the beauties of poetry cannot be preserved in any language except that in which it was originally written, we learn the language. -Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)

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