Putrid vs. Fetid - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Putrid (adjective)

    Rotting, rotten, being in a state of putrefaction.

  • Putrid (adjective)

    Of, relating to, or characteristic of putrefaction, especially having a bad smell, like that of rotting flesh.

  • Putrid (adjective)

    Vile, disgusting.

  • Putrid (adjective)

    Morally corrupt

  • Putrid (adjective)

    Totally objectionable

  • Fetid (adjective)

    Foul-smelling, stinking.

    "I caught the fetid odor of dirty socks."

  • Fetid (noun)

    The foul-smelling asafoetida plant, or its extracts.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Putrid (adjective)

    (of organic matter) decaying or rotting and emitting a fetid smell

    "a butcher who sold putrid meat"

  • Putrid (adjective)

    of or characteristic of rotting matter

    "the putrid smells from the slaughterhouses"

  • Putrid (adjective)

    very unpleasant; repulsive

    "the cocktail is a putrid pink colour"

  • Fetid (adjective)

    smelling extremely unpleasant

    "the fetid water of the marsh"

Webster Dictionary

  • Putrid (adjective)

    Tending to decomposition or decay; decomposed; rotten; - said of animal or vegetable matter; as, putrid flesh. See Putrefaction.

  • Putrid (adjective)

    Indicating or proceeding from a decayed state of animal or vegetable matter; as, a putrid smell.

  • Fetid (adjective)

    Having an offensive smell; stinking.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Putrid (adjective)

    of or relating to or attended by putrefaction;

    "putrid decomposition"

  • Putrid (adjective)

    having undergone infection;

    "a purulent wound"

  • Putrid (adjective)

    in an advanced state of decomposition and having a foul odor;

    "horrible like raw and putrid flesh"

  • Putrid (adjective)

    offensively malodorous;

    "a putrid smell"

  • Putrid (adjective)

    morally corrupt or evil;

    "the putrid atmosphere of the court"

  • Fetid (adjective)

    offensively malodorous;

    "a putrid smell"

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