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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [fes-ter]
    • /ˈfɛs tər/
    • /ˈfes.tər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [fes-ter]
    • /ˈfɛs tər/

Definitions of festered word

  • verb without object festered to form pus; generate purulent matter; suppurate. 1
  • verb without object festered to cause ulceration, as a foreign body in the flesh. 1
  • verb without object festered to putrefy or rot. 1
  • verb without object festered to rankle, as a feeling of resentment. 1
  • verb with object festered to cause to rankle: Malice festered his spirit. 1
  • noun festered an ulcer; a rankling sore. 1

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Origin of festered

First appearance:

before 1350
One of the 20% oldest English words
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

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Parts of speech for Festered


festered popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 83% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 60% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

festered usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for festered

adjective festered

  • inflamed — to kindle or excite (passions, desires, etc.).
  • blistered — a thin vesicle on the skin, containing watery matter or serum, as from a burn or other injury.
  • septic — pertaining to or of the nature of sepsis; infected.

Antonyms for festered

verb festered

  • built — Built is the past tense and past participle of build.
  • delighted — If you are delighted, you are extremely pleased and excited about something.
  • flourished — to be in a vigorous state; thrive: a period in which art flourished.
  • grew — simple past tense of grow.
  • improved — to bring into a more desirable or excellent condition: He took vitamins to improve his health.

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