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- to render putrid; cause to rot or decay with an offensive odor.
verb (used without object), pu·tre·fied, pu·tre·fy·ing.
- to become putrid; rot.
- to become gangrenous.
Origin of putrefy
1350–1400; Middle English putrefien < Middle French putrefier < Vulgar Latin *putreficāre, for Latin putrefacere to make rottenRelated formspu·tre·fi·a·ble, adjectivepu·tre·fi·er, nounun·pu·tre·fi·a·ble, adjectiveun·pu·tre·fied, adjective
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Historical Examples of putrefy
The corpse thus sheltered from contact with the air does not putrefy.
All the remainder was left to putrefy, or be devoured by wild beasts.
Stay either to putrefy with pleasure or to be embalmed in dulness?
Wounds carefully protected from contact with impure air do not suppurate, and organic fluids do not putrefy.
Thou makest the shells to swell, the wine to bubble, and the corpse to putrefy!
British Dictionary definitions for putrefy
Derived Formsputrefaction (ˌpjuːtrɪˈfækʃən), nounputrefactive or putrefacient (ˌpjuːtrɪˈfeɪʃənt), adjectiveputrefiable, adjectiveputrefier, noun verb -fies, -fying or -fied
- (of organic matter) to decompose or rot with an offensive smell
Word Origin for putrefy
C15: from Old French putrefier + Latin putrefacere, from puter rotten + facere to make
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Word Origin and History for putrefy
mid-15c., from Middle French putréfier, from Latin putrefacere "to make rotten," from putrere (see putrid) + facere (see factitious). Related: Putrefied; putrefying.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To become decayed or cause to decay and have a foul odor.
- To make or become gangrenous.
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