When something is redolent of something, it makes you think of that thing by making a pretty strong impression on you. He had a shifty eye redolent of years of lying and petty crime.

People used to use redolent of something with a strong, distinctive odor. Now, think of it as "stinks of" — but in a fancy way. If you're touring an old castle, you might say that the worn carpet and handsome woodwork are redolent of the place's former glory, though otherwise it's a dump.

Definitions of redolent
  1. adjective
    having a strong pleasant odor
    “"the pine woods were more redolent"- Jean Stafford”
    synonyms: aromatic
  2. adjective
    (used with `of' or `with') noticeably odorous
    “the hall was redolent of floor wax”
    synonyms: smelling
    having odor or a characteristic odor
  3. adjective
    serving to bring to mind
    “"cannot forbear to close on this redolent literary note"- Wilder Hobson”
    “a campaign redolent of machine politics”
    synonyms: evocative, remindful, reminiscent, resonant
    aware, mindful
    bearing in mind; attentive to
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