Meaning of putrefaction in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpjuːtrɪˈfakʃ(ə)n/

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mass noun
  • The process of decay or rotting in a body or other organic matter.

    ‘the breeze shifted and we caught the stench of putrefaction’
    • ‘The air was stuffy and there was an unbearable stench of blood and putrefaction.’
    • ‘As soon as a gap to the underlying chamber was opened, the unmistakable stench associated with putrefaction became terribly evident.’
    • ‘Is this then the end of the long march of human civilisation, this spiritual suicide, this quiet putrefaction of the soul into matter?’
    • ‘The formula of continued life is death, or putrefaction.’
    • ‘It appears to be the remains of a dog, in a moderate state of putrefaction.’
    • ‘Every time you scratch the surface, a terrifying smell of putrefaction comes out.’
    • ‘Afterwards, Hong Fen Gao (Mercuric Oxide Paste) was applied to transform putrefaction and generate flesh.’
    • ‘The putrefaction in the financial world extends to government as well.’
    • ‘Garlic was really just a way of disguising putrefaction.’
    • ‘The putrefaction of the trade unions had reached an advanced stage.’
    • ‘Also evident is the advanced state of putrefaction for what is passed off as political thought in the United States.’
    • ‘Movies that look deeply into the human soul and uncover putrefaction are hard sells.’
    • ‘The temperature was slightly elevated, the cadaver showed no sign of putrefaction.’
    • ‘Pausing for a moment before it strode forward, one of the five monsters spoke, the stench of putrefaction heavy upon its breath.’
    • ‘To do otherwise would merely cultivate an artificial scab over the putrefaction beneath.’
    • ‘Burrowing behind the putrefaction that lines the intestinal walls, they consume and destroy harmful microorganisms.’
    • ‘I already knew my hand had to be decomposing without circulation, but I wasn't sure how fast the putrefaction had advanced.’
    • ‘She too becomes a zombie, though that's not a bad thing because along with the putrefaction comes a dramatic rise in Patsy's sex appeal.’
    • ‘From this standpoint, the Medicare bill is an object lesson in the putrefaction of democracy in the US.’
    • ‘Just pop this disc in the player and you'll have all the putrefaction you could ask for.’
    dirt, muck, grime, mud, mire, sludge, slime, ooze, foul matter


Late Middle English from Old French, or from late Latin putrefactio(n-), from putrefacere ‘make rotten’ (see putrefy).