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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n festering a fluid product of inflammation
    • n festering (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess or a vesicle and the discharge of pus
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  • Clemence Dane
    Clemence Dane
    “It's the things I might have said that fester.”


In literature:

Only such carrion as this was left to fester upon the earth, to poison the lives of decent men and women.
"A Sheaf of Corn" by Mary E. Mann
Do you think these were made of better texture than those who blacken and fester yonder?
"Humanity in the City" by E. H. Chapin
The preaching of Wycliffe probed still deeper the festering corruption of the dominant Church.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 109, November, 1866" by Various
The wound of your jealousy festers and corrupts your tongue.
"The Arrow-Maker" by Mary Austin
Temple's soul festered with spite, and Pitt's swelled into contempt.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
If there was one place in the world where the soul sickened and festered it was Aix-les-Bains.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
It would fester inside him, slowly poisoning him.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Nothing to the turgid river, draining all effluvia from the yellow heart of this festering land.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
But in the city Spanish blood festers, and all that seemed plausible in the open air is now monstrous, full of vice and despair.
"The Spanish Jade" by Maurice Hewlett
The {134} parts fester and the toes grow into the foot.
"Where Half The World Is Waking Up" by Clarence Poe
Hospitals were filled with miserable multitudes, mutilated and with festering wounds, longing for death.
"Henry IV, Makers of History" by John S. C. Abbott
Here, wipe yer cheeks wi' this overall; guess they'll sure fester if you don't.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
The wound festered and the leg was amputated; then the man was sentenced to the mines at Yakutsk.
"The Destroyer" by Burton Egbert Stevenson
What is it to him that the people fester in that feverish misery in the low quarter of the town, by the river?
"Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)" by John Ruskin
It festered so deeply that she could not speak of it to Johnny's father.
"An Old Chester Secret" by Margaret Deland
Our ears were assailed on all sides by whining petitions, and our eyes offended by the exhibition of festering sores or simulated deformities.
"Scenes and Adventures in Affghanistan" by William Taylor
Gertrude Tringle had been a festering sore to her.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope
She had not been able to let the light into the festering brooding that had subconsciously poisoned her mind.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
Work-day annoyances fester on Sunday.
"A Yankee from the West" by Opie Read
These are the secrets of life, hidden from a prying world, and festering often from their bitterness in one's own heart.
"Miles Tremenhere, Vol 1 of 2" by Annette Marie Maillard

In poetry:

The pomps of Fleet St., festering year on year,
Hid truth and lied, and lied and hid the facts.
The pimps of Whitehall ever more in fear,
Hid health statistics, dodged the Labour Acts.
"Alf’s Fifth Bit" by Ezra Pound
Your glorious land of men and gold you drain—
And seas of blood and festering hills of slain.
Bankrupt and beggar'd: in your every state
These are your gains, you'll sum them up too late.
"Civil War In America--Expostulation" by Janet Hamilton
II. This once too sensate, tender, glowing heart,
I thought could never own THY chilling sway;
Where fester'd late the wound of Sorrow's dart,
Where lately beam'd, oh Joy! thy transient ray.
"Apathy" by Sydney Owenson
He festered in a Marseilles slum,
A starving genius, god-inspired.
You'd take him for a lousy bum,
Tho' poetry of paint he lyred,
In dreamy pastels each a gem: . . .
How people laughed at them!
"A Canvas For A Crust" by Robert W Service
The prisoner's cell, that all
Life's blessed light bedims,
The lash that cuts, the links that gall,
The poor slaves' festering limbs,—
What is this thraldom, to the chain
That binds and burns the drunkard's brain?
"Hymns and Odes for Temperance Occasions IV" by John Pierpont
But we by Fancy may assuage
The festering sore by Fancy made,
Down in some lonely hermitage
Like wounded pilgrims safely laid,
Where gentlest breezes whisper souls distressed,
That Love yet lives, and Patience shall find rest.
"Good Friday" by John Keble

In news:

As the wounds of Katrina fester from Biloxi to Baton Rouge, the Department of Homeland Security is taking body blows for a botched federal response.
But too many of its gags sound like they've been festering since the Pick of Destiny days.
Don't allow gender issue to fester .
Spain needs help to resolve a festering banking crisis and it seems increasingly likely that the nation will seek a financial rescue soon.
Over the course of the past few weeks, we set out to get to the bottom of the drug issue that may or may not be festering in the Sag Harbor School District.
Still waiting for answers on Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama administration's festering scandal.
When patrolmen arrived, they found Dennis Fester, 27, suffering from a major cut to his torso.
US stocks meander as European debt crisis festers.
But tensions fester between the peacekeepers and some Haitians.
The reprisals highlight festering religious tensions in Nigeria, a nation of more than 160 million people.
Kathy Fester, NYLA member and former school librarian at Southside High School, where she was a member of the Rockville Centre Teachers Association.
The festering dispute between China and Japan over the five uninhabited Diaoyutai Islands (???
Yet in Chris Abani's irresistible, kaleidoscopic novel, the shantytowns around Lagos are full of wonders—and festering dangers.
The divisions that had festered since the founding era now threatened to erupt into open conflict over the issue of slavery.
Rumors that Reese Witherspoon and actor Jake Gyllenhaal have called it splits continue to fester.

In science:

As we have so recently learned, leaving “the hidden economy of the poor ” to fester in the dark - or to be prodded only by those profiting heavily from it and by their allies - is a losing strategy.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
Ueber die ber¨uhrung fester elastischer k¨orper.
Green's function for symmetric loading of an elastic sphere with application to contact problems