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  1. in a state of foul decay or decomposition, as animal or vegetable matter; rotten.
  2. of, relating to, or attended by putrefaction.
  3. having the odor of decaying flesh.
  4. thoroughly corrupt, depraved, or evil.
  5. of very low quality; rotten.
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Origin of putrid

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin putridus rotten, equivalent to putr(ēre) to rot + -idus -id4
Related formspu·trid·i·ty, pu·trid·ness, nounpu·trid·ly, adverbun·pu·trid, adjectiveun·pu·trid·ly, adverbun·pu·trid·ness, nounun·pu·trid·i·ty, noun

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3. fetid. 4. immoral.
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Examples from the Web for putridity

Historical Examples of 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

    William Cobbett

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for putridity


  1. (of organic matter) in a state of decomposition, usually giving off a foul smellputrid meat
  2. morally corrupt or worthless
  3. sickening; foula putrid smell
  4. informal deficient in quality or valuea putrid film
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Derived Formsputridity or putridness, nounputridly, adverb

Word Origin for putrid

C16: from Latin putridus rotten, from putrēre to be rotten
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Word Origin and History for putridity


1630s, from Medieval Latin putriditas, from Latin putridus (see putrid).

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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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

putridity in Medicine


  1. Decomposed; foul-smelling; rotten.
  2. Proceeding from, relating to, or exhibiting putrefaction.
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