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Meaning of PUTREFY

Pronunciation:  'pyootru`fI

WordNet Dictionary
[v]  become putrid; decay with an offensive smell; "organic matter putrefies"

PUTREFY is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 See Also: decay, smell



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pu"tre*fy\, v. t. [Written also putrify.] [imp. & p. p.
    {Putrefied}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Putrefying}.] [F. putr['e]fier;
    L. putrere to be rotten + -ficare (in. comp.) to make; cf. L.
    putrefacere. See {Putrid}, and {-fy}.]
    1. To render putrid; to cause to decay offensively; to cause
       to be decomposed; to cause to rot.
    2. To corrupt; to make foul.
             Private suits do putrefy the public good. --Bacon.
             They would but stink, and putrefy the air. --Shak.
    3. To make morbid, carious, or gangrenous; as, to putrefy an
       ulcer or wound.
  2. \Pu"tre*fy\, v. i.
    To become putrid; to decay offensively; to rot. --Isa. 1. 6.