V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: a foul smell or fume, especially one released by waste

Synonyms: stench, fume, odor, vapor

Antonyms: perfume

Tips: Effluvium is most often seen in its plural form effluvia and is a more intellectual way of commenting on stinky or toxic fumes or smells. This word can also indicate medical hair loss.

Usage Examples:

The chemical plant was known for releasing toxic effluvia into the surrounding environment. (fumes)

The local landfill had a nasty effluvium of which all who lived nearby were well aware. (stench, smell)

The restaurant diners were not happy about the effluvium emanating from the problematic plumbing. (stench)

I feared that the strange effluvium coming out of the manhole in the street was toxic. (vapor, fume)

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