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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (intransitive)


Noun fester has 1 sense

Verb fester has 1 sense


festerv. i. [OE. festern, fr. fester, n.; or fr. OF. festrir, fr. festre, n. See Fester, n.].
  •  To generate pus; to become imflamed and suppurate; as, a sore or a wound festers.  [1913 Webster]
    "Wounds immedicable
    Rankle, and fester, and gangrene.
    "  [1913 Webster]
    "Unkindness may give a wound that shall bleed and smart, but it is treachery that makes it fester."  [1913 Webster]
    "Hatred . . . festered in the hearts of the children of the soil."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To be inflamed; to grow virulent, or malignant; to grow in intensity; to rankle.  [1913 Webster]
festerv. t. 
     To cause to fester or rankle.  [1913 Webster]
    "For which I burnt in inward, swelt'ring hate,
    And festered ranking malice in my breast.
    "  [1913 Webster]
festern. [OF. festre, L. fistula a sort of ulcer. Cf. Fistula.].
  •  A small sore which becomes inflamed and discharges corrupt matter; a pustule.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A festering or rankling.  [1913 Webster]
    "The fester of the chain their necks."  [1913 Webster]


fester, v.
1 tr. & intr. make or become septic.
2 intr. cause continuing annoyance.
3 intr. rot, stagnate.

ME f. obs. fester (n.) or OF festrir, f. OF festre f. L fistula: see FISTULA



abscess, afflict, agonize, ail, aposteme, bed sore, bite, blain, bleb, blister, boil, break up, bubo, bulla, bunion, burn, canker, canker sore, carbuncle, chafe, chancre, chancroid, chilblain, cold sore, convulse, corrupt, crucify, crumble, crumble into dust, cut, decay, decompose, disintegrate, distress, eschar, excruciate, fall into decay, fall to pieces, felon, festering, fever blister, fistula, fret, furuncle, furunculus, gall, gangrene, gathering, give pain, gnaw, go bad, go to pieces, grate, grind, gripe, gumboil, harrow, hemorrhoids, hurt, inflame, inflict pain, irritate, kibe, kill by inches, lacerate, lesion, martyr, martyrize, matter, mildew, mold, molder, mortify, necrose, nip, ooze, pain, papula, papule, paronychia, parulis, petechia, pierce, piles, pimple, pinch, pock, polyp, prick, prolong the agony, pustule, put to torture, putrefy, putresce, rack, rankle, rasp, ripen, rising, rot, rub, run, scab, smoulder, soft chancre, sore, sphacelate, spoil, stab, stigma, sting, sty, suppurate, suppuration, swelling, torment, torture, tubercle, tweak, twist, ulcer, ulcerate, ulceration, wale, weep, welt, wheal, whelk, whitlow, wound, wring




VB be unclean, become unclean, rot, putrefy, ferment, fester, rankle, reek, stink, mold, molder, go bad, render unclean, dirt, dirty, daub, blot, blur, smudge, smutch, soil, smoke, tarnish, slaver, spot, smear, smirch, begrease, dabble, drabble, draggle, daggle, spatter, slubber, besmear, bemire, beslime, begrime, befoul, splash, stain, distain, maculate, sully, pollute, defile, debase, contaminate, taint, leaven, corrupt, cover with dust, drabble in the mud, roil, wallow in the mire, slobber, slabber.


N disease, illness, sickness, ailing, all the ills that flesh is heir to, morbidity, morbosity, infirmity, ailment, indisposition, complaint, disorder, malady, distemper, distemperature, visitation, attack, seizure, stroke, fit, delicacy, loss of health, invalidation, cachexy, cachexia, atrophy, marasmus, indigestion, dyspepsia, decay, decline, consumption, palsy, paralysis, prostration, taint, pollution, infection, sepsis, septicity, infestation, epidemic, pandemic, endemic, epizootic, murrain, plague, pestilence, pox, sore, ulcer, abscess, fester, boil, pimple, wen, carbuncle, gathering, imposthume, peccant humor, issue, rot, canker, cold sore, fever sore, cancer, carcinoma, leukemia, neoplastic disease, malignancy, tumor, caries, mortification, corruption, gangrene, sphacelus, sphacelation, leprosy, eruption, rash, breaking out, fever, temperature, calenture, inflammation, ague, angina pectoris, appendicitis, Asiatic cholera, spasmodic cholera, biliary calculus, kidney stone, black death, bubonic plague, pneumonic plague, blennorrhagia, blennorrhoea, blood poisoning, bloodstroke, bloody flux, brash, breakbone fever, dengue fever, malarial fever, Q-fever, heart attack, cardiac arrest, cardiomyopathy, hardening of the arteries, arteriosclerosis, atherosclerosis, bronchocele, canker rash, cardialgia, carditis, endocarditis, cholera, asphyxia, chlorosis, chorea, cynanche, dartre, enanthem, enanthema, erysipelas, exanthem, exanthema, gallstone, goiter, gonorrhea, green sickness, grip, grippe, influenza, flu, hay fever, heartburn, heaves, rupture, hernia, hemorrhoids, piles, herpes, itch, king's evil, lockjaw, measles, mumps, polio, necrosis, pertussis, phthisis, pneumonia, psora, pyaemia, pyrosis, quinsy, rachitis, ringworm, rubeola, St. Vitus's dance, scabies, scarlatina, scarlet fever, scrofula, seasickness, struma, syntexis, tetanus, tetter, tonsillitis, tonsilitis, tracheocele, trachoma, trismus, varicella, varicosis, variola, water qualm, whooping cough, yellow fever, yellow jack, fatal disease, dangerous illness, galloping consumption, churchyard cough, general breaking up, break up of the system, idiocy insanity, martyr to disease, cripple, the halt the lame and the blind, valetudinary, valetudinarian, invalid, patient, case, sickroom, sick- chamber, pathology, etiology, nosology, anthrax, bighead, blackleg, blackquarter, cattle plague, glanders, mange, scrapie, milk sickness, heartworm, feline leukemia, roundworms, quarter-evil, quarter-ill, rinderpest, virus, bacterium, bacteria, DNA virus, RNA virus, rhinovirus, rhabdovirus, picornavirus, herpesvirus, cytomegalovirus, CMV, human immunodefficiency virus, HIV, diseased, ailing, ill, ill of, taken ill, seized with, indisposed, unwell, sick, squeamish, poorly, seedy, affected with illness, afflicted with illness, laid up, confined, bedridden, invalided, in hospital, on the sick list, out of health, out of sorts, under the weather, valetudinary, unsound, unhealthy, sickly, morbid, morbose, healthless, infirm, chlorotic, unbraced, drooping, flagging, lame, crippled, halting, morbid, tainted, vitiated, peccant, contaminated, poisoned, tabid, mangy, leprous, cankered, rotten, rotten to the core, rotten at the core, withered, palsied, paralytic, dyspeptic, luetic, pneumonic, pulmonic, phthisic, rachitic, syntectic, syntectical, tabetic, varicose, touched in the wind, broken-winded, spavined, gasping, hors de combat, weakly, weakened, decrepit, decayed, incurable, in declining health, cranky, in a bad way, in danger, prostrate, moribund, morbific epidemic, endemic, zymotic.

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