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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
Line of Attack SPD challenger Martin Schulz stuck to his campaign theme of blaming Merkel for allowing a diesel-car scandal to fester.
By attacking Affirmative Action initiatives, Sessions' DOJ will rip off that Band-Aid and allow the wound underneath to fester.
Their open, festering wounds don’t heal for months and sometimes years, leaving bare bones and tendons that evoke disgust even among their closest relatives.
Moreover, any sterilizing attempts only seem to temporarily free up sponge-space for potential pathogens, which rapidly recolonize the festering scrubber.
Trump exploited the divisions and weaknesses that the party had allowed to fester for so many years—
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.
Democrats launched a series of procedural tactics to make sure schools kept funding in case lawmakers failed to make good on their long-festering obligation to overhaul Washington’s school system.
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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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