putrid

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj putrid morally corrupt or evil "the putrid atmosphere of the court"
    • adj putrid in an advanced state of decomposition and having a foul odor "horrible like raw and putrid flesh"- Somerset Maugham"
    • adj putrid of or relating to or attended by putrefaction "putrid decomposition"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Putrid Indicating or proceeding from a decayed state of animal or vegetable matter; as, a putrid smell.
    • Putrid Tending to decomposition or decay; decomposed; rotten; -- said of animal or vegetable matter; as, putrid flesh. See Putrefaction.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • putrid In a state of decay or putrefaction; exhibiting putrefaction; corrupt; fetid from rottenness; stinking: said of animal and vegetable bodies: as putrid flesh.
    • putrid Indicating a state of putrefaction; proceeding from or pertaining to putrefaction: as, a putrid scent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Putrid in a state of decay: showing putrefaction: stinking: rotten: corrupt
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. putridus, fr,. putrere, to be rotten, fr. puter, or putris, rotten, fr,. putere, to stink, to be rotten: cf. F. putride,. See Pus Foul (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. putrefier—L. putrefacĕre, to make putrid—puter, putris, rotten.

Usage

In literature:

As it is, they'll be putrid in a fortnight, and make the track impassable.
"The Tale of Timber Town" by Alfred Grace
The world absorbs our sap, and damns us for our putrid remains.
"Ghetto Comedies" by Israel Zangwill
The child took it, but when he raised it to eat, it was the hand of a putrid corpse.
"Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight" by Mathew Joseph Holt
Putrid cabbage, green or boiled, infects the air in the very same manner as putrid animal substances.
"Experiments and Observations on Different Kinds of Air" by Joseph Priestley
His food no more turns putrid on his stomach, but yields its healthful nourishment.
"Hypochondriasis" by John Hill
The putrid dead were thrown into the river.
"The "Adventurers of England" on Hudson Bay" by Agnes C. (Agnes Christina) Laut
It is the very condition in which low, putrid, and typhus fevers flourish.
"The Turkish Bath" by Robert Owen Allsop
Enormous, the birds had bat wings, and carried with them, as they approached, the stink of putrid flesh.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, December 1930" by Various
Their bodies, when putrid, floated down the stream, and many in all probability were deposited in the estuary of the Plata.
"The Rain Cloud or, An Account of the Nature, Properties, Dangers and Uses of Rain" by Anonymous
I hope not of a putrid infectious sort.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
Thinner and thinner he became, and his whole mouth was turned into a putrid, horrible sore.
"Orientations" by William Somerset Maugham
After some Time, the Diseases in these warm Climates tend to the putrid Kind, and must be treated as such.
"An Account of the Diseases which were most frequent in the British military hospitals in Germany" by Donald Monro
Our command was shifted to a clean spot where no stench of putrid flesh could reach us.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
From it came a faint odor of putrid flesh.
"Northern Diamonds" by Frank Lillie Pollock
Such was the putrid heap of life fermenting in this dismal spot.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
Butter affected by it rapidly acquires a peculiar putrid odor that ruins it for table use.
"Outlines of dairy bacteriology" by H. L. Russell
Acid or even putrid fermentations may set in; but what he was before he cannot be again.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
Some of them are so putrid, that it is extremely dangerous to handle them.
"The Diary of a Resurrectionist, 1811-1812" by James Blake Bailey
The smell was like that of putrid vegetable matter.
"Black Diamonds" by Mór Jókai
It was impossible for the putrid soil of the decaying Roman Empire to become a fruitful abode for Christianity.
"Women of the Teutonic Nations" by Hermann Schoenfeld
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In poetry:

ONE who doesn't love his native tongue,
Is worse than putrid fish and beast;
AND like a truly precious thing
It therefore deserves to be cherished.
"Our Mother Tongue" by Jose Rizal
To him the daily hymns they raise:
His tastes are sought: his will is done:
He sniffs the putrid steam of praise,
Place for true England here is none!
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
And Cant, girt in her armour o'er and o'er,
Lifting her putrid wings as if to fly,
Sinks in the slime of her own tracks, before
The word bolts of this thunderer to die.
"Carlyle" by Alexander Anderson
"And you, ye Shepherds! lead my gentle sheep,
To breezy hills, or leafy shelters lead;
But if the sky with showers incessant weep,
Avoid the putrid moisture of the mead.
"Elegy XVIII. He Repeats the Song of Colin, a Discerning Shepherd" by William Shenstone
As bloody drops on virgin snows,
So vies the lily with the rose
Full on your dimpled cheek;
But ah! the worm in lazy coil
May soon prey on this putrid spoil,
Or leap in loathsome freak.
"Verses Sent To A Lady On Her Birthday" by Patrick Branwell Bronte
Michael. Why this delay? come on, be quick, depart,
Corrupted branches, from this fair and beauteous
Terrestrial paradise! Are ye so bold,
Ye putrid worms? come on, be quick, depart,
Since with a scourge of fire I thus command you.
"Adam: A Sacred Drama. Act 3." by William Cowper

In news:

The putrid smell of rotting corpses.
The body of a man was found in an ice chest in his home in a putrid liquid state, investigators said, that had possibly been there for months.
The Fresh Kills landfill, in all its putrid glory, 1990.
Ad in Gays Are Putrid .
Tips for cleansing dogs of skunk's putrid smell.
Thank You, Professor, That Was Putrid .
The putrid odor that offended nostrils throughout Southern California on Monday was on the minds of two Riverside County supervisors during the board's weekly meeting.
The putrid odor that offended nostrils throughout Southern California was on the minds of two Riverside County supervisors during their weekly meeting Tuesday, Sept 11.
"Putrid, sticks on anything," Mahany said.
NFL Agent Joe Linta was in to talk about the resurgent Giants, the offensive juggernaut that is the New England Patriots, and the putrid Jets.
When Wade Phillips was hired as defensive coordinator of the Houston Texans he poured over game film of the putrid 2010 defense.
"Not even the Department of Justice is above the law the best way to disinfect the putrid mess that is 'Fast and Furious ' is to expose it to sunlight".
Until Real Salt Lake does something to change its putrid history in Dallas, the same cliched story lines will hold true for its annual visit.
"Not even the Department of Justice is above the law the best way to disinfect the putrid mess that is 'Fast and Furious' is to expose it to sunlight".
Jets staying positive, but offense was putrid in preseason.
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