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to go through decomposition
  • we traced the bad smell to a dead skunk putrefying under the house

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

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“Putrefy.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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