• He looks so rottenly respectable
    He looks so rottenly respectable
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj rotten having decayed or disintegrated; usually implies foulness "dead and rotten in his grave"
    • adj rotten very bad "a lousy play","it's a stinking world"
    • adj rotten damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless "rotten floor boards","rotted beams","a decayed foundation"
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Natural gas does not have any odor. In order to detect a gas leak, some gas companies add a chemical that smells similar like rotten eggs.
    • a Rotten Having rotted; putrid; decayed; as, a rotten apple; rotten meat. "You common cry of curs! whose breath I hate
      As reek of the rotten fens."
      "The deepness of the rotten way."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rotten Undergoing natural decomposition; affected by rot or organic dissolution; putrid (as animal and some vegetable matters), soft (as fruits, etc.), or weak (as vegetable fibers, fabrics, etc.) from elemental decay: as, a rotten carcass or egg; a rotten log or plank; rotten cloth.
    • rotten Putrid from organic decay, or from the presence of decomposing matter; hence, of a putrid quality; ill-smelling; fetid.
    • rotten Affected with the disease called rot, as sheep or other animals.
    • rotten Unsound as if from rotting; in a loose or disintegrated state; soft or friable; yielding: as, rotten iron or stone.
    • rotten Unsound in character or quality; in a corrupt or untrustworthy state; destitute of stability or integrity.
    • rotten In printing, said of bad prints from woodcuts, that show holes and broken lines.
    • n rotten A dialectal variant of ratten.
    • rotten Good for nothing; trashy; mean; detestable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Rotten rot′n putrefied: corrupt: decomposed: unsound: treacherous: fetid: friable, as rottenstone
    • v.t Rotten to polish with rottenstone
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “There are some sluggish men who are improved by drinking; as there are fruits that are not good until they are rotten.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “This is the very worst wickedness, that we refuse to acknowledge the passionate evil that is in us. This makes us secret and rotten.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “There's small choice in rotten apples.”
  • Beatrice Potter Webb
    Beatrice Potter Webb
    “So much perfection argues rottenness somewhere.”
  • John Kenneth Galbraith
    “All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door. The violence of revolutions is the violence of men who charge into a vacuum.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Icel. rotinn,; akin to Sw. rutten, Dan. radden,. See Rot


In literature:

Of course it was rotten.
"Read-Aloud Plays" by Horace Holley
But it struck him that this impatience was a rotten thing to feel when it was a matter of helping a poor chap in pain.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
If there were no hand now to plant it again, do you look for it to grow rotten, or not?
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 75, January, 1864" by Various
When the foliage dies down in autumn, a layer of fertile loam mixed with rotten manure should be spread over the surface.
"The Culture of Vegetables and Flowers From Seeds and Roots, 16th Edition" by Sutton and Sons
It's the infantry what 'as all the danger an' gits all the rotten jobs.
"Combed Out" by Fritz August Voigt
It's vapid and silly, and rotten with suggestiveness.
"The Clarion" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
It was the picture, still unscarred, but with a great streak of rotten egg across the plain, placid features.
"The Witness" by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
I came to the conclusion that that rotten engine must be tied together with string.
"Fanny Goes to War" by Pat Beauchamp
The human race can be awfully rotten.
"The Plastic Age" by Percy Marks
MacRae left Folly Bay later in the afternoon, poorer by many dollars paid for rotten salmon.
"Poor Man's Rock" by Bertrand W. Sinclair

In poetry:

Of lust frightful, past belief,
Lurking unforgotten,
Unrestrainable endless grief
From breasts long rotten.
"Ghost Raddled" by Robert Graves
And somewhere that old ship forgotten,
With all her paintwork weathered bare,
And all her canvas black and rotten,
And sea-birds fouling everywhere;
"Doldrums: One Of Murphy's Yarns" by Cicely Fox Smith
Why should you wake for a realm that is rotten,
Stuffed with their bribes and as dead to their debts?
Sleep and forget us, as we have forgotten;
For Flanders remembers and England forgets.
"To Captain Fryatt" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Lord, what is man to thee,
That thou shouldst minde a rotten tree?
Yet since thou canst not choose but see my actions;
So great are thy perfections,
Thou mayst as well my actions guide, as see.
"Obedience" by George Herbert
That was not his fault nor mine
since both of us had nothing but patience;
but death has none.
I saw him coming (how rotten he looked),
and I watched him as he took and took:
and nothing was mine.
"The Song Of The Widow" by Rainer Maria Rilke
But the brand of the slave is the tint of his skin,
Though his heart may beat loyal and true underneath;
While the soul of the tyrant is rotten within,
And his white the mere cloak to the blackness of death.
"Jefferson's Daughter" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

Rotten egg smell traced to California's Salton Sea.
According to Rotten, 'Thor' the movie is a hit.
Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 79% with the audience showing more love with an 84.
Stop by the Ocean of Love Billboard Radiothon in the Target/Lowes parking lot on Hooper Avenue in Toms River and you'll receive 2 complimentary tickets to "Scary Rotten Farms" at Berry Fresh Farms on on Brick Blvd in Brick.
Rotten Apple Punch save.
Rotten Eggs Get Men Hot.
Rotten eggs are a turn-on for men, a new study shows.
See all past events at Rotten Meat Gallery.
Rotten Eggs And Centipede Centerpiece How-To.
Rotten Eggs And Centipede Centerpiece.
Eleven year-old Trinette Robinson, of Connecticut, is this year's winner of the National Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest.
Plus Rotten Tomatoes and Common Sense Media reviews — and some cool web videos.
Chalk up another mega laugh riot hit for "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels", currently rocking the audiences with the latest musical production playing at the Herb Strauss Theater.
The Rotten Luck of the Irish.
Rotten Sound Video For "Self".

In science:

In addition, astrometry for the famous protoplanetary “Rotten Egg” nebula OH 231.8 +4.2 [→ CHOI] and other post AGB stars [→ IMAI] as well as the classical OH/IR hypergiant NML Cyg was reported [→ B.
IAU (Maser) Symposium 287 Summary