festering

adjective fes·ter·ing \ ˈfe-st(ə-)riŋ \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of festering

1 : contaminated by an infective agent (such as a bacterium) and producing pus
  • a festering wound
  • But if the patient can manage it, the whirlpool is a dandy way to handle festering bedsores.
  • —Paul G. Donohue
2 a : persisting and growing increasingly bitter over time
  • festering resentment
  • … comedy that comes from a pit of festering hatred …
  • —Robert Brustein
b : persistently producing bad or unhealthy effects
  • Four hundred yards to the west, between the schoolhouse and the mountain, lay a festering center of sin, a bootleg whiskey still operated by the celebrated anti-Prohibition guerilla Sam Reever.
  • —Russell Baker

First Known Use of festering

1576



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