But each and every one of them has personal experience of the rottenness of the system.
It was cut-throat all the way througha policy that made for the rottenness of trade.
The earth is corrupt, science only serves to show its rottenness.
Out of the rottenness of these things, there has sprung up in Boston a sect of philosophers known as Transcendentalists.
One thing he teaches, that there is rottenness where he appears.
In England, there is a good sound core, and seed that must always vegetate; here, all is rottenness.
What rottenness was within that gilded splendor by which she was surrounded!
He enumerates evils which honeycombed society with rottenness then, and are rampant now.
What right have they to propagate the rottenness of their minds and bodies?
Jerry is an amusing philosopher, who could only have been developed in the rottenness of a decadence.
c.1300, from a Scandinavian source akin to Old Norse rotinn "decayed," past participle of verb related to rotna "to decay," from Proto-Germanic stem *rut- (see rot (v.)). Sense of "corrupt" is from late 14c.; weakened sense of "bad" first recorded 1881. Rotten apple is from a saying traced back to at least 1528: "For one rotten apple lytell and lytell putrifieth an whole heape." The Rotten Row in London and elsewhere probably is from a different word, but of uncertain origin.
Deplorable; nasty; inept and bungled: This is a rotten situation altogether (1880+)