V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: to rot and produce a foul smell
Synonyms: rot, decay, decompose, fester, spoil
Tips: Use the verb putrefy as a more sophisticated way of saying "rot." The verb putrefy is related to the adjective putrid, which means "foul, disgusting, and decaying." Putrefaction is the state of decaying. All these words originate from the Latin word putridus, "rotten."
Throw out those eggs before they putrefy. (rot, spoil)
The body of the whale that had washed ashore had started to putrefy, and you could smell it from a mile away. (decompose, decay)
I don't know how old this milk is, but it smells putrid. (spoiled, rotten) adjective
Their house was disgusting and smelled of garbage that had putrefied. (festered, decayed)
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