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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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vis-a-vis - The putridness of the likes of Wimal Weerawansa, Vasudeva Nanayakkara, Dinesh Gunawardena together with moral perversion, impairment of virtue and debasement in the likes of educated people like G.L.Peiris and Tissa Vitharana were indeed conspicuously and outrageously reprehensible.
(28) Robert Markley, '"A Putridness in the Air': Monsoons and Mortality in Seventeenth-Century Bombay," Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 10.2 (2010): 105-26.
(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.