verb (used with object), pu·tre·fied, pu·tre·fy·ing.
verb (used without object), pu·tre·fied, pu·tre·fy·ing.
Origin of putrefy
Examples from the Web for putrefy
They never bury their dead, but lay them in the sun to putrefy.
They are then allowed to putrefy, in order to get rid of the animal matter, and the red coral is the skeleton that is left.Coral and Coral Reefs|Thomas H. Huxley
It must not evaporate like alcohol, nor putrefy like animal substances, nor decay like wood, nor rust like iron.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
Stay either to putrefy with pleasure or to be embalmed in dulness?The Journal of Arthur Stirling|Upton Sinclair
Dirt of every kind lies about freely, to be washed into them or left to putrefy as fate shall direct.The English in the West Indies|James Anthony Froude