- in a state of foul decay or decomposition, as animal or vegetable matter; rotten.
- of, relating to, or attended by putrefaction.
- having the odor of decaying flesh.
- thoroughly corrupt, depraved, or evil.
- of very low quality; rotten.
Origin of putrid
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Examples from the Web for putridity
Or is it just a casual result, a mere loss of hair due to putridity?The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles
Jean Henri Fabre
When they have done their work, sweet flowers may grow out of this putridity.Nasby in Exile
David R. Locke
Rottenness, putridity is excellent for land, but bad for Boroughs.Rural Rides
You cannot avoid the rank products while the putridity remains.The Crime of the Congo
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
I found him exceedingly weak and sick, with strong tendencies to putridity.Forty Years in the Wilderness of Pills and Powders
William A. Alcott
- (of organic matter) in a state of decomposition, usually giving off a foul smellputrid meat
- morally corrupt or worthless
- sickening; foula putrid smell
- informal deficient in quality or valuea putrid film
Word Origin and History for putridity
1630s, from Medieval Latin putriditas, from Latin putridus (see putrid).
early 15c., from Latin putridus, from putrere "to rot," from putris "rotten, crumbling," related to putere "to stink," from PIE root *pu- "to rot, stink" (see pus). First in reference to putrid fever, an old name for typhus (also known in Middle English as putrida). Related: Putrification.
- Decomposed; foul-smelling; rotten.
- Proceeding from, relating to, or exhibiting putrefaction.