from The Century Dictionary.

  • Strong-scented; having a coarse or offensive odor.


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  • Phrases like "The mutable rank-scented many," applied to the proletariat, could only foster the bourgeois prejudices of jaundiced reactionaries and teach the young scions of the capitalist classes to look down upon the manual worker.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-01-21

  • Glad was the unnerved Corporal Freund when his run ceased and he stood close to his grossly solid and rank-scented fellowmen once more.


  • Alternate, large, rather thin, petioled, egg-shaped in outline, the edges irregularly wavy-toothed or angled; rank-scented.

    Wild Flowers Worth Knowing

  • Bottom, the weaver with the ass's head, remains his type of the artizan and the "mutable, rank-scented many," his type of the masses.

    Tolstoy on Shakespeare A Critical Essay on Shakespeare


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