Adjective "festering" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


(of a wound or sore) become septic; suppurate.
  1. 'From what I could see in the darkness his flesh was purple and soaked with dried blood under his clothes, and some of the wounds were festering.'
  2. 'When we brought you in here, the wounds were infected and festering.'
  3. 'Her only hope now was that he might yet die a slow death if the wound festered.'
  4. 'Where open wounds festered, the flies were so thick as to make the wound seem to be a writhing metallic black mass.'
  5. 'Clearly this was a sore that had been festering for some time.'
  6. 'Stomach wounds fester and kill slowly if they don't kill quickly.'
  7. 'The open sores had been festering unnoticed and to this, he applied some poultices.'
  8. 'Otherwise, new injuries will continue to be inflicted everyday, while the old wounds fester.'
  9. 'Burstyn's pills lead her to delusion and madness; Leto's arm festers with an infected sore from too many needles.'
  10. 'Some of the villagers also suffered from festering sores caused by the pollution.'
  11. 'piles of mouldy grey paper festered by the sink'
  12. 'Fears about festering bags of rubbish behind the store and an increase in traffic in the quiet cul-de-sac are the main reasons for the objection.'
  13. 'I looked in the sink the next day and here's this festering pile of mince meat.'
  14. 'I couldn't even see a collection of mouldy teacups festering on the new wooden floor.'
  15. 'Papers were still in their racks, teas and coffees festered on the bar.'
  16. 'Tony Millard, who owns Tone's Bar in London Road, North Cheam, told the Comet huge piles of festering rubbish were building up behind his bar each week because the council had not provided enough waste bins.'
  17. 'I can assure readers that a piece of spaghetti that has festered in the bottom of a sink for 24 hours looks much the same.'
  18. 'She lifts up the gray carpet and finds the steak, festering away.'
  19. 'I stashed my shoes in the cubicles outside; in a Japanese bathhouse, street shoes are regarded with a disdain reserved in the West for biological refuse or festering rubbish.'
  20. 'Plates of baked beans on toast were festering near piles of unfinished homework on the dust covered desk.'
  21. 'Away from the gleaming skyscrapers, China's cities are ringed by run-down shacks, with festering heaps of garbage by the roadside.'
  22. 'And while the Fed bides time, the problem only festers.'
  23. 'Which is to say, the problem has festered for so long that it is big, and effective responses won't be cheap in the short run.'
  24. 'Or is it more likely a case of increased recognition of the harsh reality that acute financial problems are festering beneath the surface of the U.S. and global Credit systems?'
  25. 'Despite these benefits, numerous problems festered beneath the surface.'
  26. 'I think I am going to let the problem fester until then.'
  27. 'But by ignoring the problems now festering in the heartland, Congress and the White House will end up diluting the fiscal stimulus over which they are battling so hard.'
  28. 'But why has the Lebanese government let this problem fester?'
  29. 'The threat may ultimately have less to do with competitive fire than with a readiness to let resentments fester and anger flare without feeling any need to bridle emotions or discipline his temper.'
  30. 'Nevertheless, to ensure that there are no problems still festering, it is our intention to carry out a final audit of the equipment prior to expiry of the warranty agreement.'
  31. 'For three days Charles remained locked up, his feelings festering and burning inside him.'
  32. 'remand prisoners are left to fester in our jails while they wait for trial'
  33. 'The US then installed and consistently backed the Shah, who proceeded to abuse systematically human rights, to suppress all political activity and to enrich his cronies while his people festered in sprawling urban slums.'
  34. 'If they had listened to the opponents of the war, they would still be festering in that shack.'

More definitions

1. to form pus; generate purulent matter; suppurate.

2. to cause ulceration, as a foreign body in the flesh.

3. to putrefy or rot.

4. to rankle, as a feeling of resentment. verb (used with object)

5. to cause to rankle: Malice festered his spirit. noun

6. an ulcer; a rankling sore.

7. a small, purulent, superficial sore.

More examples(as adjective)

"disputes can be festering."

"sores can be festering."

"rows can be festering."

"wounds can be festering."

"squabbles can be festering."

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(fester)Late Middle English: from the rare word fester ‘fistula’, later ‘festering sore’, or Old French festrir (verb), both from Old French festre (noun), from Latin fistula ‘pipe, reed, fistula’.