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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.]
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[ˈpjuːtrɪˌfaɪɪŋ] adjputrescente
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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.
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.
Among the aromas brewed up in the lab for the frightening foray into the old cells are: | Rotten Corpse | | Burned Flesh | | Putrefying Bodies | | Stale Ale, and | | Eau de Ghost Each of the smells is contained in a pod, and triggered by movement through the corridors.
According to Bruckner, the Islamo-Leftism is "a desperate attempt by moldering, putrefying, brain-dead Marxists to hoist themselves out of the dustbin of history by latching onto the coattails of Islam."
The most vulnerable position is witnessed in the area of Madina Town where heaps of filth, coupled with putrefying domestic waste, has poisoned the entire atmosphere within a radius of one kilometre.
To be fair, the concept of security is inseparable from political stability, economic success and social harmony; and the general was not wrong in highlighting the plight of the putrefying economic mess that the country is currently marinating in.
BIRMINGHAM City Council and the Unite union both deserve criticism for the resumption of industrial action by Birmingham's binmen, with all the resultant putrefying garbage and rat infestation polluting our streets.
A small pool of black oozing mud, atop of which lay the putrefying bodies of countless yows and lambs.