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She had a festering boil on her neck.
  of an injury:  to be inflamed and create pus

generally:  get worse — especially through inattention
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fester festering festers festered
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  • She had a festering boil on her neck.
  • Her wounds are festering.
  • For over a year the memory and the desire for vengeance festered in her heart.
  • Terrorists and their supporters are not confined to the remote regions of some faraway land but can grow and fester right here at home.
    George Holding (U.S. Attorney for eastern North Carolina)

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  • Bad morale has festered in the department for years.
  • My body is clothed with worms and scabs, my skin is broken and festering.
    Job 7:5 (NIV)
  • So they took soot from a furnace and stood before Pharaoh. Moses tossed it into the air, and festering boils broke out on men and animals.
    Exodus 9:10 (NIV)
  • But if you had the same hole and no maggots you simply festered for a while and then you had gangrene.
    Dalton Trumbo  --  Johnny Got His Gun
  • No need to fester it.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • The harm you did to him will fester and pain you all of your life unless you’re able to make up for it.
    Ben Mikaeslen  --  Touching Spirit Bear

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  • A vicious slit stretched across his right cheek; Thomas could see teeth through the raw, festering wound.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials
  • Madness lurked behind them, two festering pools of sickness.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Folded down the seat, made myself a cozy metal but in which to watch the world turn white, unable to crack the power windows to let in fresh air, so the SUV quickly filled up with the smell of blood and my festering wound.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • As the silence festered and grew, Alistair blinked furiously, holding back tears.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • But as I was saying, beneath all that festering nastiness is a tender, kind, loving human being.
    Christopher Paul Curtis  --  Bud, Not Buddy
  • His shoulder was beginning to fester from the gnawing and digging that the R.O.U.S. had done into his flesh.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • The words I’d spoken in court had apparently opened a gaping wound in his soul, and the wound was festering.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • It creeps through the streets of Portland, festers in the Dumpsters, makes the city smell like a giant armpit.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • The shower too was glorious: warm clean water over my festering skin, streams of water through my matted hair.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • To have lived through something but not be able to get it out of you before it festers.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • The room was a replica of an illustration she had once seen in a Polish edition of The Old Curiosity Shop: festering with French, Italian, Russian and Polish antiques, of all periods and styles, it looked the work of some crazed interior decorator who had dumped out onto the shining parquet floors and sofas, chairs, tables, escritoires, love seats, chaises longues and stuffed ottomans of an embryonic palazzo—shoving into a single large, lofty but finite space the furniture suitable forů
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Below us Toronto festers in the evening heat, the trees spreading like worn moss, the lake zinc in the distance.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • Back to the castle, there to linger in increasing agony as the belly wound festered, until the corruption spread far enough finally to kill him, wallowing perhaps for days in long-drawn-out pain.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • A doctor would look at a freckle, a bump, and say it was nothing, but then it would fester and grow and darken, and death and lawsuits would ensue.
    Dave Eggers  --  A Hologram for the King
  • To let it fester inside me forever?
    Veronica Roth  --  Insurgent
  • His ankle festered, maggots hatched in it, and Garrett began to run a high fever.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • And worst of all, the smell of festering flesh.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • I have frequently felt her head, and found it nearly covered with festering sores, caused by the lash of her cruel mistress.
    Frederick Douglass  --  The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Go ahead and ask her—then she can turn you down and the rest of us can get on with our lives while you fester in miserable humiliation.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • Where Reykjavik’s bars smelled like freshly brewed lager, old wood, and French cigarettes, Snookers smelled like a mixture of dead bodies, festering hot dogs, and sweat.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Most of them were disfigured by frost-bitten noses and cheeks, and nearly all had red, swollen and festering eyes.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • That one would burn and fester.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  The Host
  • Come, Victor; not brooding thoughts of vengeance against the assassin, but with feelings of peace and gentleness, that will heal, instead of festering, the wounds of our minds.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The memories are there—they must come out, they must emerge, they cannot be allowed to fester any longer.
    Robert Cormier  --  I Am the Cheese
  • This held water, and all summer it stood there, with the near-by soil draining into it, festering and stewing in the sun; and then, when winter came, somebody cut the ice on it, and sold it to the people of the city.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • The insult was terrible, and although unknown to the rest of the world, I felt it live and fester at the bottom of my heart.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • We’ll make them regret they ever clapped their festering eyes on Carvahall!
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • However few people can successfully demonstrate a principle in common ethics when their deliberation is festered with emotionalism.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Otherwise it just festers, and eventually, you just blow.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Just Listen
  • These two groups were obliged to work side by side in the war plants, and their animosities festered and opened like boils on the face of the city.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • I see the lie festering in your teeth.
    Frank McCourt  --  Angela’s Ashes
  • After a day the odor would dissipate and we’d avoid it further until it dried up and hardened like a rock, whereupon some brave soul would kick the offending artifact under the radiator, where it would fester and further fossilize into dust or extinction or discovery.
    James McBride  --  The Color of Water
  • He knew Garnett would die, no help for it now, unturnable, ridiculous, doomed with a festering, unseen wound.
    Michael Shaara  --  The Killer Angels
  • When he awoke, in the first light of dawn, he looked across the river and saw that he had not carried the festered, limp bodies high enough on the sandpit the night before.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Stale and wilted flowers, rejected downtown, blazed feverishly on a cart, like glamorous rags festering beneath a futile spray from a punctured fruit juice can.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • After festering for three thousand years in the depths of Tartarus, you call me hasty? I will slice Percy Jackson into a thousand pieces:’ "Thrice you’ve fought him," Prometheus pointed out.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Last Olympian
  • ’No , ’ His bones were shattered, his legs filled with festering shards of broken glass.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • And you, my husband, what chance have you when so many young men are festering in idleness!
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Or fester like a sore— And then run?
    Lorraine Hansberry  --  A Raisin in the Sun
  • Such a recoil is like that of a hair, made to grow out from the body, turning unnaturally upon the direction of its growth and growing into the body—a rankling, festering thing of hurt.
    Jack London  --  White Fang
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