verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- fessenden, william pitt,
- festina lente,
Origin of fester
Examples from the Web for fester
We denied them loans, closed them off in housing projects, redlined their neighborhoods, and left them to fester.
I've tried to forget the grudges, the painful memories, the resentments I allowed to fester in my heart for so long.How 'The Little Way of Ruthie Leming' Taught Me It's OK to Love My Hometown|Justin Green|April 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But they will leave the country rudderless, the victory will be hollow, and the problems will be left to fester.
Jewish refugees were absorbed in Israel and the West; the Palestinians were left to fester in camps.
It is this length of time during which the allegations were allowed to fester that is so puzzling.James Murdoch Lightly Grilled by Parliament on Phone Hacking|Geoffrey Robertson|November 11, 2011|DAILY BEAST
She bound her sorrow tight up in her breast, to corrode and fester there.
The fingers, after being drawn in like claws, begin to fester.Northern California, Oregon, and the Sandwich Islands|Charles Nordhoff
There remained the question of the North-Western boundary to fester into a sore.The Life of Albert Gallatin|Henry Adams
It is far better to throw these differences open to the assembly of nations than to permit them to fester in silent danger.
“And reckless,” added Mr. Fester, with a wooden appreciation that was his nearest approach to a smile.Young Wallingford|George Randolph Chester
Word Origin for fester
late 14c., from Old French festre "small sore discharging pus," from Latin fistula "pipe, ulcer" (see fistula). The noun is from c.1300. Related: Festered; festering.