putrefy

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

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

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  • 4 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

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

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

    Modern English usage

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

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

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  • 9 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 …

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  • 10 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 …

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  • 11 putrefy — 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… …

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  • 12 putrefy — putrefiable, adj. putrefier, n. /pyooh treuh fuy /, v., putrefied, putrefying. v.t. 1. to render putrid; cause to rot or decay with an offensive odor. v.i. 2. to become putrid; rot. 3. to become gangrenous. [1350 1400; ME putrefien < MF putrefier …

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  • 13 putrefy — verb a) To become filled with a pus like or bile like substance b) To reach an advanced stage of decomposition Syn: decay, fester, rot See Also: putrid, putrescent …

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  • 14 putrefy — To cause to become, or to become, putrid. * * * pu·tre·fy pyü trə .fī vb, fied; fy·ing vt to make putrid vi to undergo putrefaction * * * pu·tre·fy (puґtrə fi) to decompose, with the production of foul smelling compounds; a term applied… …

    Medical dictionary

  • 15 putrefy — Synonyms and related words: break down, break up, canker, corrupt, crumble, crumble into dust, decay, decompose, deteriorate, disintegrate, fall into decay, fall to pieces, fester, gangrene, go bad, go off, go to pieces, mildew, mold, molder,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 16 putrefy — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. i. rot, decay, decompose. See uncleanness. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. decay, rot, putresce, decompose; see decay . See Synonym Study at decay . III (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. rot, decompose, spoil,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 17 putrefy — pu|tre|fy [ˈpju:trıfaı] v past tense and past participle putrefied present participle putrefying third person singular putrefies [Date: 1400 1500; : Latin; Origin: putrefacere, from putrere ( PUTRID) + facere [i] to make ] formal if a dead animal …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 putrefy — pu|tre|fy [ pjutrı,faı ] verb intransitive FORMAL to decay …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 putrefy — [[t]pju͟ːtrɪfaɪ[/t]] putrefies, putrefying, putrefied VERB When something putrefies, it decays and produces a very unpleasant smell. [FORMAL] The meat in all of the open flasks putrefied. [V ing] ...putrefying corpses. Syn: rot …

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  • 20 putrefy — pu·tre·fy || pjuːtrɪfaɪ v. rot, decay, decompose …

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