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what word means to overwhelm the sense of smell in the way that "deafen" overwhelms the sense of hearing or how "blinding" overwhlelms the send of sight?

asked 2015-04-17 09:19:10 -0400

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What word means to overwhelm the sense of smell in the way that "deafen" overwhelms the sense of hearing or how "blinding" overwhelms the sense of sight?

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Thank you for your kind words. I was talking to my wife the other day and it occurred to me that there is no word for a "blinding odor" or a "deafening stench". Thinking on this, I wondered if there might, in fact be some descriptor that may fill in the apparently missing word. Thanks for your help

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answered 2015-04-17 18:38:29 -0400

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While it might at first seem to be an accidental semantic gap, there actually appear to be plenty of words with such a meaning:

Positive connotation: fragrant, odiferous, redolent

Negative connotation: pungent, acrid, reeking, fetid, rank, minging, pongy, miasmic, mephitic, noisome, olid

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answered 2015-05-05 14:35:29 -0400

Hello. I would say the most formulaic association for me is "overpowering" - an overpowering smell. Deafening noise or blinding sunshine, etc. Does this sound right?

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