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mephitic

 [mĕ-fit´ik]
noxious; foul smelling.

me·phit·ic

(mĕ-fit'ik),
Foul, poisonous, or noxious.
[L. mephitis, a noxious exhalation]

me·phit·ic

(mĕ-fit'ik)
Foul, poisonous, or noxious.
[L. mephitis, a noxious exhalation]

me·phit·ic

(mĕ-fit'ik)
Foul, poisonous, or noxious.
[L. mephitis, a noxious exhalation]
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The eight-page introduction (tellingly labeled "preface") is even more idiosyncratic than the translations, and readers not familiar with the arcane vocabulary of literary criticism will not be able to manage it without frequent recourse to a dictionary; whereas Felstiner in a passage quoted above eschewed even the mild technical phrase "trochaic" in favor of "four-syllable on-off beat," the Popov / McHugh introduction (and the same is true of the notes) reverberates with technical terms like paronymy and other esoteric vocabulary (mephitic), in addition, of course, to words found or invented to reflect Celan's problematic formulations.
Suarez-Orozco's exposition is instrumental in developing a comprehension of those Latino gang members whose identified delinquent achievement orientation is correlated to being traumatized and saddled with the mephitic sequelae often associated with violence and torture.
In 1785, Berthollet investigated the composition of ammonia and carried out chemical reactions with it, e.g., finding that reaction with chlorine gave rise to mephitic acid.
Early on in the film Shoah the historian Hilberg evokes the history of our people by holding between his thumb and forefinger a railway schedule from Frankfort to the mephitic East.
At eight, Ellen and I grab a snack together standing at the mephitic end of the kitchen counter, but I can only manage two or three mozzarella sticks and lunch had been a mere handful of McNuggets.
Has a mephitic odor been changed into a sweet savor by the subtle alchemy of the musical composer?
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And it seems the mephitic water has long been a problem.
While Sanford's stubborn parsimony within the spendthrift GOP is welcome--he is surely a stream of fresh air in a mephitic party--consider, if you will, Gary Johnson.
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The swamp through which we trudge today may give way to darker, more mephitic ponds.