verb (-fied; -fying) Etymology: Middle English putrefien, from Middle French & Latin; Middle French putrefier, from Latin putrefacere, from putrēre to be rotten + facere to make — more at do Date: 14th century transitive verb to make putrid intransitive verb to undergo putrefaction Synonyms: see decay

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Putrefy — Pu tre*fy, v. i. To become putrid; to decay offensively; to rot. Isa. 1. 6. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • putrefy — index decay, degenerate, infect, spoil (impair), taint (contaminate) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • putrefy — mid 15c., from Fr. putréfier, from L. putrefacere “to make rotten,” from putrere (see PUTRID (Cf. putrid)) + facere (see FACTITIOUS (Cf. factitious)). Related: Putrefied …   Etymology dictionary

  • putrefy — rot, decompose, *decay, spoil, disintegrate, crumble Analogous words: corrupt, vitiate, deprave, *debase: deliquesce (see LIQUEFY) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • putrefy — meaning ‘to go rotten’, is spelt efy, not putrify …   Modern English usage

  • putrefy — [v] rot break down, corrupt, crumble, decay, decompose, deteriorate, disintegrate, go bad*, molder, putresce, spoil, stink, taint, turn; concept 469 …   New thesaurus

  • putrefy — ► VERB (putrefies, putrefied) ▪ decay or rot and produce a fetid smell. DERIVATIVES putrefaction noun. ORIGIN Latin putrefacere, from puter rotten …   English terms dictionary

  • putrefy — [pyo͞o′trə fī΄] vt., vi. putrefied, putrefying [ME putrifien < L putrefacere: see PUTRID & FY] to make or become putrid or rotten; decompose SYN. DECAY putrefier n …   English World dictionary

  • putrefy — UK [ˈpjuːtrɪfaɪ] / US [ˈpjutrɪˌfaɪ] verb [intransitive] Word forms putrefy : present tense I/you/we/they putrefy he/she/it putrefies present participle putrefying past tense putrefied past participle putrefied formal to decay …   English dictionary

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