• IPA: /ˈpjutɹəfaɪ/


  1. To become filled with a pus-like or bile-like substance.
  2. To reach an advanced stage of decomposition.
  3. To become gangrenous.
  4. To make morbid, carious, or gangrenous.
    to putrefy an ulcer or wound
  5. To corrupt; to make foul.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Suitors
      Private suits do putrefy the public good.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene vii]:
      They would but stink, and putrefy the air.

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