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festering

noun

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(Entry 1 of 3)

the process by which dead organic matter separates into simpler substances
  • the ghastly festering of the corpses abandoned on the battlefield

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festering

adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms of festering (Entry 2 of 3)

festering

verb
present participle of fester

Synonyms & Antonyms of festering (Entry 3 of 3)

to go through decomposition
  • a week after the battle the corpses of the fallen were still festering in the fields

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The first known use of festering was in 1576

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“Festering.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/festering. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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