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intr. & tr.v. pu·tre·fied, pu·tre·fy·ing, pu·tre·fies
To decay or cause to decay and have a foul odor. See Synonyms at decay.

[Middle English putrefien, from Old French putrefier, from Latin putrefacere : puter, putr-, rotten; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots + facere, to make; see dhē- in Indo-European roots.]


[ˈpjuːtrɪˌfaɪɪŋ] adjputrescente
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Here and there, in the depths of these awful shades, half screened from sight by masses of overhanging foliage, rose the idolatrous altars of the savages, built of enormous blocks of black and polished stone, placed one upon another, without cement, to the height of twelve or fifteen feet, and surmounted by a rustic open temple, enclosed with a low picket of canes, within which might be seen, in various stages of decay, offerings of bread-fruit and cocoanuts, and the putrefying relics of some recent sacrifice.
But its flesh, putrefying, breeds a certain worm, which, being
If this be hypocrisy, it is a process which shows itself occasionally in us all, to whatever confession we belong, and whether we believe in the future perfection of our race or in the nearest date fixed for the end of the world; whether we regard the earth as a putrefying nidus for a saved remnant, including ourselves, or have a passionate belief in the solidarity of mankind.
The very rats, which here and there lay putrefying in its rottenness, were hideous with famine.
The floor was littered with filth, including the bones of many animals, and the atmosphere reeked with the stench of human bodies and putrefying flesh.
I saw a considerable tract of the ocean thus covered on the coast of Brazil; the seamen attributed it to the putrefying carcase of some whale, which probably was floating at no great distance.
The issues confronting our country grow in size and complexity, feeding off the putrefying neglect of those responsible for our governance.
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A small pool of black oozing mud, atop of which lay the putrefying bodies of countless yows and lambs.
The neighbours after sensing putrefying smell informed the area police which took the bodies into custody.
After the complete fall of the Muslim empire in India in the 19th century CE, most Muslim thinkers responded to the fall rebuffing the putrefying reminiscences of their imperial past.