Festered
Fester Fes"ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Festered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Festering}.] [OE. festern, fr. fester, n.; or fr. OF. festrir, fr. festre, n. See {Fester}, n.] 1. To generate pus; to become imflamed and suppurate; as, a sore or a wound festers. [1913 Webster]

Wounds immedicable Rankle, and fester, and gangrene. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Unkindness may give a wound that shall bleed and smart, but it is treachery that makes it fester. --South. [1913 Webster]

Hatred . . . festered in the hearts of the children of the soil. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

2. To be inflamed; to grow virulent, or malignant; to grow in intensity; to rankle. [1913 Webster]


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  • fes|ter — «FEHS tuhr», verb, noun. –v.i. 1. to form pus; suppurate: »The neglected wound festered and became very painful. 2. to poison or inflame the surrounding parts progressively, as a disease does. 3. Figurative. to cause soreness or pain; rankle:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Fester — Fes ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Festered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Festering}.] [OE. festern, fr. fester, n.; or fr. OF. festrir, fr. festre, n. See {Fester}, n.] 1. To generate pus; to become imflamed and suppurate; as, a sore or a wound festers. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Festering — Fester Fes ter, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Festered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Festering}.] [OE. festern, fr. fester, n.; or fr. OF. festrir, fr. festre, n. See {Fester}, n.] 1. To generate pus; to become imflamed and suppurate; as, a sore or a wound festers.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fester — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French festre, from Latin fistula pipe, fistulous ulcer Date: 14th century a suppurating sore ; pustule II. verb (festered; festering) Date: 14th century intransitive verb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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