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in bad odor

In a state in which one is the subject of another's displeasure or ire. I've been in bad odor with my next door neighbor ever since my dog destroyed her garden. Unless you like being in bad odor with your teachers, you should stop disrupting their classes!
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in good odor

In a pleasant or favorable relationship with someone. I've been in good odor with my next door neighbor ever since I brought her some of my homemade cookies. Your sister is in good odor with her teachers because she always completes her homework on time.
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be in bad odor with

To be the target of another's anger or unhappiness. I've been in bad odor with Tiffany ever since she found out that I started that rumor about her. You will be in bad odor with the boss if you keep coming into work late.
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be in good odor with (one)

To be in a pleasant or favorable relationship with one. I've been in good odor with my next-door neighbor ever since I brought her some of my homemade cookies. Your sister is in good odor with her teachers because she always completes her homework on time.
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odor of sanctity

1. Literally, a specific scent said to emanate from the body of a saint of the Catholic Church. I had never believed it, but upon entering the small crypt that held the saint's remains, I too could perceive the odor of sanctity so many religious writers had detailed before.
2. By extension, a state of grace, saintliness, or holiness. The nun, who tirelessly devoted her life to helping the poor of her nation, died in an odor of sanctity at the age of 97.
3. Smug and often hypocritical moral or social righteousness; sanctimoniousness. The author provides an extremely compelling moral argument, without enshrouding the entire narrative with an odor of sanctity.
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odor of sanctity

Fig. an atmosphere of excessive holiness or piety. I hate their house. There's such an odor of sanctity with Bibles and holy pictures everywhere. The huge, medieval Gothic cathedral had a distinct odor of sanctity.
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odor of sanctity

Exaggerated or hypocritical piety, an assumption of moral superiority, as in This candidate puts off some voters with his odor of sanctity. This expression, originating in the medieval idea that the dead body of a saintly individual gives off a sweet smell, was used to describe saintliness in the mid-1700s. Today it is generally used ironically.
See also: odor, of, sanctity

in bad odour

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If someone or something is in bad odour with a person or group, that person or group disapproves of them or is angry with them. Note: `Odour' is spelled `odor' in American English. The government is in bad odour with human rights groups. Malcolm was in bad odour with his father over an embarrassing incident. Note: You can say that someone or something is in good odour with a person or group when that person or group approves of them or thinks they have done something good. The agency has managed to keep out of trouble since he started working there and he is keen to leave while it is still in good odour.
See also: bad, odour

be in good (or bad) odour with someone

be in (or out of) favour with someone.
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odour of sanctity

1 a state of holiness. 2 sanctimoniousness. derogatory
This expression is a translation of the French idiom odeur de sainteté . It refers to a sweet or balsamic odour which was reputedly emitted by the bodies of saints at or after death, and which was regarded as evidence of their sanctity.
See also: odour, of, sanctity

be in good/bad ˈodour (with somebody)

(formal) have/not have somebody’s approval and support: He’s in rather bad odour with his boss at the moment.
See also: bad, good, odour
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Undoubtedly, most of us spend a considerable amount of time trying to prevent body odour, whether by taking a shower or applying deos.
For most healthy adults, all it takes keep off a foul odour is proper hygiene.
Industrial odours as environmental stressors: Exposure-annoyance associations and their modification by coping, age and perceived health".
It mimics human olfaction to detect levels of odour and pollutant gases in the air.
Tests of the particles against ethyl mercaptan, the stuff that gives natural gas its unpleasant odour, showed that nanoparticles were up to twice as effective as the gold standard - activated carbon - at removing the material's foul-smelling odour.
Development of odour impact criteria for sewage treatment plants u using o dour complaint history.
In contrast, odour issues are more challenging since both the quantification of impacts and the enforcement of remedial action tend to be subjective.
The second approach has been to create an experimental setting in which specific information, for example words or pictures, are presented in the presence of a distinctive odour cue (Cann & Ross, 1989; Herz & Engen, 1996; Schab, 1990; Smith, Standing & De Man, 1992).
The smells still identified with disease in today's health-obsessed culture would repay investigation, as would the role played by odours in today's anti-smoking campaigns - indeed in the rise of wider environmental consciousness.
Washington, Oct 31 (ANI): Scientists have come with a new approach for dealing with offensive household and other odours.