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fester

[fes-ter] /ˈfɛs tər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to form pus; generate purulent matter; suppurate.
2.
to cause ulceration, as a foreign body in the flesh.
3.
to putrefy or rot.
4.
to rankle, as a feeling of resentment.
verb (used with object)
5.
to cause to rankle:
Malice festered his spirit.
noun
6.
an ulcer; a rankling sore.
7.
a small, purulent, superficial sore.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; (noun) Middle English festir, festre < Anglo-French, Old French festre < Latin fistula fistula (for -l- > -r- cf. chapter); (v.) Middle English festryn, derivative of the noun or < Old French festrir
Related forms
unfestered, adjective
unfestering, adjective
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  • Diseases might fester because the urinals weren't being washed down with every use.
  • He no longer lets little mistakes fester or pouts when the ball doesn't come his way.
  • Letting the problem fester can make raising debt more expensive in the future.
  • So daft strategies fester rather than getting culled quickly.
  • What an excellent summary of the dynamic that has allowed countries' debt woes to fester.
  • We can continue to see this conflict to fester and worsen leading to more bloodshed and violence.
  • And illiquidity easily breeds insolvency if panic is allowed to fester.
  • Until this disparity is reconciled, the crisis will fester.
  • But the problems weren't allowed to fester, and now the program is back on track.
  • The outcome of misguided infatuations in stores or at street vendors, hats tend to fester in the upper reaches of our closets.
British Dictionary definitions for fester

fester

/ˈfɛstə/
verb
1.
to form or cause to form pus
2.
(intransitive) to become rotten; decay
3.
to become or cause to become bitter, irritated, etc, esp over a long period of time; rankle: resentment festered his imagination
4.
(intransitive) (informal) to be idle or inactive
noun
5.
a small ulcer or sore containing pus
Word Origin
C13: from Old French festre suppurating sore, from Latin: fistula
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Word Origin and History for fester
v.

late 14c., from Old French festre "small sore discharging pus," from Latin fistula "pipe, ulcer" (see fistula). The noun is from c.1300. Related: Festered; festering.

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fester in Medicine

fester fes·ter (fěs'tər)
v. fes·tered, fes·ter·ing, fes·ters

  1. To ulcerate.

  2. To form pus; putrefy.

n.
An ulcer.
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