redolent

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First attested in 1400. From Old French redolent, from Latin redolentem, present participle of redoleō (I emit a scent), from re- + oleō (I smell).

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redolent (comparative more redolent, superlative most redolent)

  1. Fragrant or aromatic; having a sweet scent.
  2. Having the smell of the article in question.
    • 1861, Francis Colburn Adams, An Outcast, ch. 32:
      His breath is already redolent of whiskey.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 16:
      Stephen, that is when the accosting figure came to close quarters, though he was not in an over sober state himself recognised Corley's breath redolent of rotten cornjuice.
  3. (idiomatic) Suggestive or reminiscent.
    • 1919, Ella Wheeler Wilcox, A vision:
      But forth from sweat-shops, tenement and prison
      Wailed minor protests, redolent with pain.
    • 1926, H.P. Lovecraft, The Call of Cthulhu:
      He said that the geometry of the dream-place he saw was abnormal, non-Euclidean, and loathsomely redolent of spheres and dimensions apart from ours.

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redolent

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of redoleō