Putrefy Pu"tre*fy, v. t. [Written also putrify.] [imp. & p. p. {Putrefied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Putrefying}.] [F. putr['e]fier; L. putrere to be rotten + -ficare (in. comp.) to make; cf. L. putrefacere. See {Putrid}, and {-fy}.] 1. To render putrid; to cause to decay offensively; to cause to be decomposed; to cause to rot. [1913 Webster]

2. To corrupt; to make foul. [1913 Webster]

Private suits do putrefy the public good. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

They would but stink, and putrefy the air. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To make morbid, carious, or gangrenous; as, to putrefy an ulcer or wound. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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