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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.
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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.
This enables better policing and management of odour pollution, for authorities and organisations responsible for the odours alike.
In eases where landfill sites have generated unacceptable levels of odour at periodic intervals due to prevailing meteorological conditions, the RQ, Box can pinpoint conditions that lead to these problems, prompting action such as operating a spray system to neutralise odours.
The new method does not mask odours like today's room fresheners, but eliminates them at the source.
Their research found that a deodorant made from nanoparticles - hundreds of times smaller than peach fuzz - eliminates odours up to twice as effectively as today's gold standard.
This is often enough to tip the scale, and neighbours begin to perceive odours from the plant as objectionable even though they have not changed for years.
The new condominum tower planned for a location downwind of a chemical plant may soon be filled with residents who don't appreciate the associated odours.
The between participants comparison involved the amount of information recalled about the museum when three groups of participants were first presented with either the Jorvik odours, a set of novel odours or no odour at all.
Group 1 participants were given the questionnaire and the seven bottles containing the Jorvik odours (test 1).
Aromas are extensively employed as a means of making contact with the gods, for instance by means of the odour of a tobacco cloud winding upwards towards the heavens; or smell might be a trail, whereby malign spirits would be able to scent the presence of human victims upon whom to prey.