Definition of putrefy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpyo͞otrəˌfī/

verb (putrefies, putrefying, putrefied)

[no object]
(Of a body or other organic matter) decay or rot and produce a fetid smell.
Example sentences
  • Ganges water does not putrefy, even after long periods of storage.
  • Raw meat putrefies because it is an ideal food for micro-organisms.
  • As it putrefies and decays, your breath smells bad, your sweat smells bad, and your bowels smell bad.


Late Middle English: via French from Latin putrefacere, from puter, putr- 'rotten'.

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Syllabification: pu·tre·fy

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