putrefy

verb
pu·​tre·​fy | \ˈpyü-trə-ˌfī \
putrefied; putrefying

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Synonyms for putrefy

Synonyms

break down, corrupt, decay, decompose, disintegrate, fester, foul, mold, molder, perish [chiefly British], rot, spoil

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decay, decompose, rot, putrefy, spoil mean to undergo destructive dissolution. decay implies a slow change from a state of soundness or perfection. a decaying mansion decompose stresses a breaking down by chemical change and when applied to organic matter a corruption. the strong odor of decomposing vegetation rot is a close synonym of decompose and often connotes foulness. fruit was left to rot in warehouses putrefy implies the rotting of animal matter and offensiveness to sight and smell. corpses putrefying on the battlefield spoil applies chiefly to the decomposition of foods. keep the ham from spoiling

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we traced the bad smell to a dead skunk putrefying under the house

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Soutine’s table is brutally buckled, and the roiling white tablecloth, yellowish-green, suggests putrefying flesh and pitching sea, nearly capsizing a standing jug and pitcher. Lance Esplund, WSJ, "‘Chaim Soutine: Flesh’ Review: Bloody, Brilliant Still Lifes," 2 May 2018 Sulfur atoms had started to bind with his hemoglobin, a process that would typically only occur in putrefying corpses. Sylvia Morrow, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Color," 6 Oct. 2017 Time, heat and water were Yaw’s enemies now, conspiring beneath the carpets to rot and putrefy. Jack Healy, New York Times, "For One Family in Houston, an Overwhelming Start to Recovery," 2 Sep. 2017 Dressed in a long cowl to fend off the stench of putrefying flesh, the 18th century teacher and anatomist scrapes clean the bones of the human corpse before her Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Lady Anatomist Who Brought Dead Bodies to Light," 26 July 2017 One, Shark Spray ($29.99), extracts putrefied shark tissues, emitting a chemical signal. Laylan Connelly, Orange County Register, "Want to avoid a shark encounter? These repellents range from $30 to $600," 27 Feb. 2017 Weeks later, her abdominal muscles opened and putrefied fetal parts passed out. Joanna Petrone, Longreads, "Pregnant, then Ruptured," 18 Aug. 2017 One, Shark Spray ($29.99), extracts putrefied shark tissues, emitting a chemical signal. Laylan Connelly, Orange County Register, "Want to avoid a shark encounter? These repellents range from $30 to $600," 27 Feb. 2017 One, Shark Spray ($29.99), extracts putrefied shark tissues, emitting a chemical signal. Laylan Connelly, Orange County Register, "Want to avoid a shark encounter? These repellents range from $30 to $600," 27 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of putrefy

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for putrefy

Middle English putrefien, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French putrefier, from Latin putrefacere, from putrēre to be rotten + facere to make — more at do

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The first known use of putrefy was in the 14th century

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putrefy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of putrefy

: to be slowly destroyed by natural processes : to rot and become putrid

putrefy

verb
pu·​tre·​fy | \ˈpyü-trə-ˌfī \
putrefied; putrefying

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