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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
On others—as on Wednesday night against the Thunder—their clear limitations fester when exposed to open air.
Paul sees a news report about a political dissident involuntarily made tiny by an oppressive government and later discovers festering inequality around Leisureland itself.
On various sides of town, other divisions fester: Canaryville disdains Beverly while Chatham gives South Shore the side-eye.
The Volunteers had a bye week after their worst home loss in a century, and while there was no in-season firing forthcoming, the downtime only allowed the toxicity to fester.
Cultural clashes based on generation, race, gender, politics, and ideology, all of which had been festering for years, would dramatically alter the national climate by decade’s end.
And not just for festering colds or infections, but also possibly for chronic diseases, like diabetes.
Grace works alongside another Irish immigrant named James McDermott (Kerr Logan), who resents his moneyed employers with a festering hatred that boils over into venomous rants about killing and justice.
The Man’s surprise hit has followed one festering industry trend: alternative rock’s splinter from its signature instrument.
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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
FESTER Defined for Kids
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