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From Middle French putréfier


putrefy (third-person singular simple present putrefies, present participle putrefying, simple past and past participle putrefied)

  1. To become filled with a pus-like or bile-like substance.
  2. To reach an advanced stage of decomposition.
  3. To become gangrenous.
  4. To make morbid, carious, or gangrenous.
    to putrefy an ulcer or wound
  5. To corrupt; to make foul.
    • Francis Bacon
      Private suits do putrefy the public good.
    • Shakespeare
      They would but stink, and putrefy the air.


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