[syn: pus, purulence, suppuration, ichor, sanies, festering]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Fester \Fes"ter\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Festered; p. pr. & vb.
n. Festering.] [OE. festern, fr. fester, n.; or fr. OF.
festrir, fr. festre, n. See Fester, n.]
1. To generate pus; to become imflamed and suppurate; as, a
sore or a wound festers.
Rankle, and fester, and gangrene. --Milton.
Unkindness may give a wound that shall bleed and
smart, but it is treachery that makes it fester.
Hatred . . . festered in the hearts of the children
of the soil. --Macaulay.
2. To be inflamed; to grow virulent, or malignant; to grow in
intensity; to rankle.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (medicine) the formation of morbific matter in an abscess
or a vesicle and the discharge of pus [syn: festering,
2: a fluid product of inflammation [syn: pus, purulence,
suppuration, ichor, sanies, festering]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
128 Moby Thesaurus words for "festering":
abscess, adulteration, algesia, algetic, angry, aposteme, bad,
bed sore, befouling, blain, bleb, blister, boil, bubo, bulla,
bunion, burning, canker, canker sore, cankered, carbuncle, carious,
chafed, chancre, chancroid, chilblain, cold sore, contamination,
corrupt, corruption, decayed, decomposed, defilement, envenoming,
eschar, felon, fester, fever blister, fiery, fistula, foul,
fouling, furuncle, furunculus, galled, gangrened, gangrenous,
gathering, gleet, gone bad, gumboil, hemorrhoids, ichor, infection,
inflamed, inflammation, irritated, irritation, kibe, lesion,
leukorrhea, matter, mattering, misuse, mortified, necrosed,
necrotic, papula, papule, paronychia, parulis, peccant,
peccant humor, perversion, petechia, piles, pimple, pock,
poisoning, pollution, polyp, prostitution, purulence, purulent,
pus, pussy, pustule, putrefied, putrescent, putrid, rankling, raw,
red, rising, rotten, rotting, running, sanies, scab, sensitive,
sensitiveness, smarting, soft chancre, sore, sore spot, soreness,
sphacelated, spoiled, stigma, sty, suppurating, suppuration,
suppurative, swelling, tender, tenderness, tingling, tubercle,
ulcer, ulcerated, ulceration, vitiation, wale, welt, wheal, whelk,