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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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British Dictionary definitions for un festered

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 un festered

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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un festered 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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