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Examples of fester in a Sentence
pus oozed out of the fester
Origin and Etymology of fester
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of fester
- The wound became inflamed and festered.
- dissent festered unchecked
- His resentment festered for years.
- allowed slums to fester
Examples of fester in a Sentence
His wounds festered for days before he got medical attention.
His feelings of resentment have festered for years.
We should deal with these problems now instead of allowing them to fester.
Recent Examples of fester from the Web
Ethnic clashes and gang wars festered since 1947, when the first wave of migrants poured into the city of 450,000 following Pakistan’s violent partition from India.
The surviving animals were found living in squalor on bare concrete, bloodied, with festering abscesses, feces everywhere.
Yet in at least four cases in the last three years, new CWD detections at deer farms in Oneida, Oconto, Shawano and now Waupaca counties are being allowed to fester.
In the midst of an ongoing FBI investigation into the cesspool that is college basketball, the NCAA announced the formation of a new commission Wednesday to fix a problem that has been festering for decades.
For these scavengers, the rainforest is a vast buffet, featuring dishes from carcasses to festering wounds on living animals to every imaginable type of poop.
But as with so much else on Capitol Hill, politics and ideology have left a serious problem to fester and grow, as lawmakers forsake a simple solution and hold the issue hostage to more complicated battles.
But most adults are unable to clear hepatitis C from their bodies and unknowingly go on to develop a serious, chronic infection that can fester for years, damaging their livers.
But the snag would be that Britain could still be paying out for some bureaucrats in the 2070s, creating the kind of festering sore that the country’s tabloids will complain about for decades (and demand that some future government repudiates).
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Did You Know?
Fester first entered English as a noun in the early 14th century. It was originally used as we now use the word fistula, for an abnormal passage leading from an abscess or hollow organ and permitting passage of fluids or secretions. It later came to refer to a sore that discharges pus. The connection between "fester" and "fistula" is no accident - both descend from Latin fistula, which has the same meaning as the English word but can also mean "pipe" or "tube" or "a kind of ulcer." "Fester" made the trip from Latin to English by way of Anglo-French. By the end of the 14th century, it was also being used as a verb meaning "to generate pus," a use that has since developed extended senses implying a worsening state.
First Known Use of fester
Synonymsbreak down, corrupt, decompose, disintegrate, decay, foul, mold, molder, perish [chiefly British], putrefy, rot, spoil
Related Wordssour, turn, turn off [British]; contaminate, defile, pollute, taint; addle, curdle, ferment; mortify; rust; crumble, decline, degenerate, descend, deteriorate, dilapidate, sink, wither
Near Antonymsage, develop, grow, mature, ripen; refresh, renew, restore; cleanse, purify; assemble, compose, integrate; ameliorate, better, improve, meliorate
FESTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fester for English Language Learners
: to become painful and infected
: to become worse as time passes
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