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English Dictionary: festering by the DICT Development Group
2 results for festering
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus
    Synonym(s): festering, suppuration, maturation
  2. a fluid product of inflammation
    Synonym(s): pus, purulence, suppuration, ichor, sanies, festering
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Fester \Fes"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Festered}; p. pr. & vb.
      n. {Festering}.] [OE. festern, fr. fester, n.; or fr. OF.
      festrir, fr. festre, n. See {Fester}, n.]
      1. To generate pus; to become imflamed and suppurate; as, a
            sore or a wound festers.
                     Wounds immedicable Rankle, and fester, and gangrene.
                     Unkindness may give a wound that shall bleed and
                     smart, but it is treachery that makes it fester.
                     Hatred . . . festered in the hearts of the children
                     of the soil.                                       --Macaulay.
      2. To be inflamed; to grow virulent, or malignant; to grow in
            intensity; to rankle.
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