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1. Decomposed and foul-smelling; rotten: putrid meat.
2. Proceeding from, relating to, or exhibiting putrefaction: a putrid odor.
3. Morally rotten; corrupt: "and all the while scarlet thoughts, putrid fantasies, and no love" (Louis Auchincloss).
4. Of extremely poor quality; atrocious or contemptible: a good play ruined by putrid acting.

[Middle English putred, from Old French putride, from Latin putridus, from putrēre, to be rotten, from puter, putr-, rotten; see pū̆- in Indo-European roots.]

pu·trid′i·ty (-trĭd′ĭ-tē), pu′trid·ness (-trĭd-nĭs) n.
pu′trid·ly adv.
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Noun1.putridness - in a state of progressive putrefaction
putrefaction, rot - a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor


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2) From the ferment of this putridness swarmed a language altogether Frenchified as well, that made speaking of the economy with a sincerely Italian tongue nearly impossible.
And cinematographer Affonso Beato (``Ghost World'') captures the putridness of the place in ways that give shape to the accumulating dread.
Through the act of respiration this corrupt atmosphere penetrated into and tainted organisms that were already predisposed to putridness by overeating, intemperance, and excess of passions--factors already mentioned in antiquity--as well as from hot baths, which relaxed and moistened the body (4).