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Examples of fester in a Sentence
pus oozed out of the fester
Origin and Etymology of fester
Middle English, from Anglo-French festre, from Latin fistula pipe, fistulous ulcer
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of fester
1 : to generate pus The wound became inflamed and festered.
3a : to cause increasing poisoning, irritation, or bitterness : rankle dissent festered unchecked His resentment festered for years.b : to undergo or exist in a state of progressive deterioration allowed slums to fester
: to make inflamed or corrupt
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
Moon’s proposal for talks with North Korea also builds on a lesson from history to not let problems fester.
Rob Forth hunts where the disease has festered for decades, on land near his home north and east of Denver.
This is what is left of ISIS' prize city in Iraq -- festering dead, a few hundred yards of territory and about 200 diehard militants awaiting a final standoff.
And as the Jones P.R. crisis festered, her new colleagues at NBC appeared to be sucked into her latest headline.
With bids due in November from three teams of finalists vying to build the bridge, the underlying political unrest over the project's impact on the Delray community could not be allowed to fester much longer.
Spooky has since retired to the great litter box in the sky, leaving Buddy and Daisy behind to continue their festering urine feud.
American’s move could contain a controversy that has festered for months, as the number of flight attendants complaining of wheezing, fatigue, skin rashes and other ailments grew to more than 3,500 and pilots also reported adverse reactions.
VILLA PARK, Calif. -- A rat infestation continues to fester at an elementary school in Southern California, CBS Los Angeles reports.
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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
FESTER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fester for English Language Learners
: to become painful and infected
: to become worse as time passes
FESTER Defined for Kids
Definition of fester for Students
: to become painfully red and sore and usually full of pus The wound festered.
Medical Definition of fester
: to generate pus
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