Synonyms of fester in English:


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1‘the deep wound in his neck festered’

suppurate, become septic, form pus, secrete pus, discharge, run, weep, ooze
come to a head
technical maturate, be purulent
rare rankle, apostemate

2‘rubbish festered in the crowded streets’

rot, moulder, decay, decompose, putrefy, go bad, go off, perish, spoil, deteriorate, disintegrate, degrade, break down, break up
technical mortify, necrotize
archaic corrupt

3‘we must not allow our resentment to fester’

rankle, chafe, gnaw, gnaw at one's mind, eat away at one's mind, ferment, brew, smoulder
cause bitterness, cause resentment, cause vexation, cause annoyance