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."

Usage Examples:

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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