Imposthume

Related to Imposthume: croup

Im`post´hume


n.1.A collection of pus or purulent matter in any part of an animal body; an abscess.
v. t. & i.1.Same as Imposthumate.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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The Lady Loring, and the Lady Maude, thy fair daughter, are in good health; and so also am I, save for an imposthume of the toe-joint, which hath been sent me for my sins.
possessions locally were Park, parts of Curdworth which the modern Vale Foolishly, Patroclus enters into a slanging match with Thersites, who crushes his opponent with the most scathing crescendo of curses: "Now the rotten diseases of the suff, the guts-griping ruptures, catarrhs, loads o'gravel in the back, lethargies, cold palsies, raw-eyes, dirt-rotten livers, wheezing lungs, bladders full of imposthume, sciaticas, limekilns I' th' palm, incurable bone ache and the rivelled fee-simple of the tetter, take and take again such preposterous discoveries!" For us, the key word in that outpouring of vituperation is "suff".
According to medical authorities "the paramount difference between leprosy and cancer was that one affected the entire body, the other a single member." (84) Another difference is that cancer's "imposthume" often "inward breaks, and shows no cause without / why the man dies" (4.4.27-29), making it the perfect metaphoric vehicle for expressing the "corrosive inwardness" associated with modern subjectivity.
The solid earth Seemed from its quaking entrails to eruct The gathered lava of a thousand years Like an imposthume bursting up from hell!

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