Mephitic


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Feb 01 2020 22

Mephitic is an adjective that means foul-smelling.

Our word of the day has its origin in Latin, where the word mephitis (MEH fit iss) means ‘noxious vapor.’ It is also personified as a goddess believed to have the power to avert it. Today mephitis retains its original meaning and mephitic may be used to describe something related to mephitis or it may be used more broadly to refer to anything foul-smelling.

I was looking forward to the weekend at the cabin until we reached the mephitic bedroom. That foul scent was a horrible distraction.