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  • They sat in the cold mess hall, most of them eating with their hats on, eating slowly, picking out putrid little fish from under leaves of boiled black cabbage and spitting the bones out on the table.   (source)
    putrid = disgusting or rotten
  • From the bottoms of my feet, where I was connected firmly to the earth, it was as if a faucet had opened and I imagined putrid darkness running down and out of my body to be consumed by the strength and goodness of the earth.   (source)
    putrid = disgusting
  • A putrid, rotting smell was everywhere.   (source)
    putrid = rotting (an advanced state of decomposition) with a foul odor
  • The band was putrid.   (source)
    putrid = rotten or disgusting
  • Why do we stand this putrid, stinking hole?   (source)
    putrid = disgusting
  • He was a valet to a preacher, expected no promotions or medals, bore no arms, and had a meek faith in a loving Jesus which most soldiers found putrid.   (source)
  • The putridness would come out; the gangrene.   (source)
    putridness = advanced state of decomposition with a foul odor
  • all pretended to be meaningful and joyful and beautiful, and it all was just concealed putrefaction.   (source)
    putrefaction = things rotten or disgusting
  • Her leg became discoloured, swollen, and putrid.   (source)
    putrid = disgusting (beginning to rot with a foul odor)
  • The fish were putrid and undulating with maggots.†   (source)
  • 'And high above the putrid corpse a crystal chandelier is tinkling.†   (source)
  • One of our sloth bears became seriously ill with severe hemorrhagic enteritis after being given fish that had gone putrid by , a man who was convinced he was doing a good deed.†   (source)
  • She dosed the boys regularly and gently to purge the putrid bile from their bodies, but it seemed to have little effect.†   (source)
  • The carcass rushed down to embrace him, raining putrid bones and dust into Langdon's eyes and mouth.†   (source)
  • Inside the truck box lives a smell: clay, spilled diesel mixed with something putrid.†   (source)
  • Every time he described them he'd toss in some lurid new detail: they stank like putrefying trash; they were invisible except for their shadows; a pack of squirming tentacles lurked inside their mouths and could whip out in an instant and pull you into their powerful jaws.†   (source)
  • Our village was blessed for weeks with the smell of putrefaction.†   (source)
  • Holmes adored Chicago, adored in particular how the smoke and din could envelop a woman and leave no hint that she ever had existed, save perhaps a blade-thin track of perfume amid the stench of dung, anthracite, and putrefaction.†   (source)
  • I indulged in my self-pity, the nastiness inside me curdling like putrid milk.†   (source)
  • The smell was fecal, putrid.†   (source)
  • Ground beef, it was widely believed, was made from old, putrid meat heavily laced with chemical preservatives.†   (source)
  • A putrid stench — the smell of sour milk, of rotten eggs, of burning rubber, of decayed meat rose up from the liquid.†   (source)
  • Everything they touched immediately started to rot and putrefy.†   (source)
  • …a large and exceedingly noxious cesspool underlying every part of the cellars, in some places the consistency of a strong infusion of black tea, and in others like viscid soft soap, which was undrained due to the failure of the builders to connect the drains to the main sewer; in addition to which, the water supply for both drinking and washing was drawn through an intake pipe from the lake, in a stagnant bay, close by the pipe through which the main sewer discharged its putrid flow.†   (source)
  • He fought in vain to stop them from tossing garbage into the mangrove thickets that over the centuries had become swamps of putrefaction, and to have them collect it instead at least twice a week and incinerate it in some uninhabited area.†   (source)
  • An acrid, pungent, putrid smell.†   (source)
  • A riotous combination of colors mottled his skin, as if Eragon were an exotic fruit that was ripening in uneven patches from crabapple green to putrefied purple.†   (source)
  • "It's putrid.†   (source)
  • The agency was tottering, that was bad enough, and now, on top of that, like a grisly dessert following a putrid main course, his marriage was tottering too.†   (source)
  • The cracks run across the liver and deep inside it, and the liver completely dies and goes putrid.†   (source)
  • From the port to the Acropolis, she didn't see anything of Athens except dark, putrid tunnels.†   (source)
  • What in the putrefied dogshit would you know about the old days? he said.†   (source)
  • "The smell of putrid flesh was overwhelming," Mortenson says.†   (source)
  • Except for the putrid color of the walls and the name on the sign, it's an exact replica of the last one I attended.†   (source)
  • But you realize when you open the door that they're there, lurking, too old for mold and past putrefaction.†   (source)
  • The two huge eyes bulged from naked sockets and two small, hideous holes made up his nose; only a putrid, leathery flesh enclosed his skull, and the rank, rotting rags that covered his frame were thick with earth and slime and blood.†   (source)
  • The pus was dark green and the blood had coagulated into brownish, putrid mud.†   (source)
  • An unspeakable scent of decay, putrefaction, and something else for which the words remain to be invented reached our nostrils.†   (source)
  • The smell alone is one of putrefaction—the opposite of desire.†   (source)
  • Something smelled putrid.†   (source)
  • To this "nasty way of life" Thompson attributed all the "putrid, malignant and infectious disorders" that took such a heavy toll.†   (source)
  • It seemed as if the flesh inside of him was dying while he yet breathed, the putrefying meat pushing and bursting its way out of his failing body.†   (source)
  • There were minute amounts of ethanol in both Blane and Santorelli, but that was just the consequence of putrefaction.†   (source)
  • He saw swarms of flies and smelled putrefaction before he saw the bodies.†   (source)
  • Her vast belly was above him with its putrid light, and the stench of it almost smote him down.†   (source)
  • From what I have seen already from this putrid mound of dogshit, I think I have been assigned a hopeless task.†   (source)
  • There was a popping sound and a putrid odor, as her pustules contracted and burst open.†   (source)
  • A putrid dampness abounds; all is decay and rot, but there is the strength of time having hardened this decomposition, petrifying it.†   (source)
  • The heavy air of evening, putrid with swamp rot, smelled fragrant.†   (source)
  • But this is neither a decent nor a civilized place, and you are free to spew your putrid language upon fellow citizens—†   (source)
  • There he tended the fever of the traveler he had come upon in the marshes, where he walked often to better meditate upon the putrid condition his body would assume after death.†   (source)
  • And even the necessity for the right kind of compromise does not eliminate the need for those idealists and reformers who keep our compromises moving ahead, who prevent all political situations from meeting the description supplied by Shaw: "smirched with compromise, rotted with opportunism, mildewed by expedience, stretched out of shape with wirepulling and putrefied with permeation."†   (source)
  • He could feel its putrid breath…   (source)
    putrid = disgusting
  • the putrid atmosphere of the court
  • And I shall have to tell you later that even the processes of putrefaction and decay had been profoundly affected by these changes.   (source)
    putrefaction = decomposition caused by bacteria or funguses
  • As for most people, his initial sensory contact with Chicago had been the fantastic stink that lingered always in the vicinity of the Union Stock Yards, a Chinook of putrefaction and incinerated hair, "an elemental odor," wrote Upton Sinclair, "raw and crude; it was rich, almost rancid, sensual and strong."†   (source)
  • It stooped there, hairless and naked, mottled gray-black skin hanging off its frame in loose folds, its eyes collared in dripping putrefaction, legs bowed and feet clubbed and hands gnarled into useless claws—every part looking withered and wasted like the body of an impossibly old man—save one.†   (source)
  • There were stains, dark juices, a quantity of completely rotten vegetables, milk so curdled and infected it was a greenish jelly, and the quartered remains of a dead animal in such an advanced state of black putrefaction that I couldn't identify it.†   (source)
  • He almost always ate lunch at home and had a ten-minute siesta on the terrace in the patio, hearing in his sleep the songs of the servant girls under the leaves of the mango trees, the cries of vendors on the street, the uproar of oil and motors from the bay whose exhaust fumes fluttered through the house on hot afternoons like an angel condemned to putrefaction.†   (source)
  • The place where the iron had seared was laid open to the muscle, seeping pus and green with putrefaction.†   (source)
  • Everything was wreckage, putrefaction.†   (source)
  • She thought they might be simulacra, artificial creatures grown in vats of putrid bubbling liquid.†   (source)
  • But the force of the putrid green liquid frothing and spewing out was too strong.†   (source)
  • The river is putrid and foul-and they practically live in it.†   (source)
  • Do you have any idea how putrid you Scab women smell to us?†   (source)
  • He wasn't here to drink their putrid water.†   (source)
  • Her putrid breath breaks my concentration.†   (source)
  • You touched me with your putrid, stinking body.†   (source)
  • It was so putrid I couldn't take my eyes off it.†   (source)
  • Above me The Mother stands poised, revealing her yellow teeth and putrid, steamy breath.†   (source)
  • He held his breath and stepped out into putrid morning air.†   (source)
  • Putrid disorders, the small pox in particular, have carried off great numbers.†   (source)
  • It is a putrid fever merely, and if the parents follow my instructions, he will live.†   (source)
  • There was laughter inside his own head, shrill, high-pitched laughter… he could smell the Dementor's putrid, death-cold breath filling his own lungs, drowning him — think… something happy… But there was no happiness in him… the Dementor's icy fingers were closing on his throat — the high-pitched laughter was growing louder and louder, and a voice spoke inside his head: 'Bow to death, Harry…it might even be painless… I would not know … I have never died …"†   (source)
  • My first impulse is to cover my nose to block out the stench of soiled linen, putrefying flesh, and vomit, all ripening in the heat of the warehouse.†   (source)
  • Ron had given up com-pletely, and was merely trying to avoid breathing in the putrid fumes issuing from his cauldron.†   (source)
  • Beneath it something putrid.†   (source)
  • For the city, his city, stood unchanging on the edge of time: the same burning dry city of his nocturnal terrors and the solitary pleasures of puberty, where flowers rusted and salt corroded, where nothing had happened for four centuries except a slow aging among withered laurels and putrefying swamps.†   (source)
  • …puttering about locker, observation and study of Richard Parker, picking at of turtle bones, etc.) Late afternoon to early evening: prayers fishing and preparing of fish tending of curing strips of flesh (turning over, cutting away of putrid parts) dinner preparations dinner for self and Richard Parker Sunset: general inspection of raft and lifeboat (knots and ropes again) collecting and safekeeping of distillate from solar stills storing of all foods and equipment arrangements…†   (source)
  • And she heard the cries of shock turn to groans of disgust as the putrid gunk poured out over everyone.†   (source)
  • But don't you think that before he submits to eating puffy, putrefied zebra he'll try the fresh, juicy Indian boy just a short dip away?†   (source)
  • Also, by late summer, the season when Adams arrived, many of the canals turned putrid-smelling, and "so laden with filth," an English woman wrote, "that on a hot day the feculence seems pestilential."†   (source)
  • The bank of smoke thinned on the right, providing them with a glimpse of a dark land that belched forth fire and putrid orange vapor and was covered with masses of struggling men.†   (source)
  • I don't give a glance to what's still on the walls, I hate those neoexpressionist dirty greens and putrid oranges, post this, post that.†   (source)
  • Sometimes, over a watercolor of Venice, nostalgia would transform the smell of mud and putrefying shellfish of the canals into the warm aroma of flowers.†   (source)
  • Also there were some bills and old letters and things tied up with a putrid ribbon and then--sort of funny--this little pamphlet caught my eye.†   (source)
  • Your money had to multiply like rodents in putrid sewers, so you went to the criminal triads in Hong Kong.†   (source)
  • "The house, the garden, the situation near the Bois de Boulogne, elevated above the river Seine and the low grounds, and distant from the putrid streets of Paris, is the best I could wish for," he recorded the day they moved in.†   (source)
  • It was a poor vehicle, an aged pickup that listed to the side on its damaged suspension, carrying a load of freshly harvested goat hides on their way to a tannery, and Mortenson could smell the stench of putrefying flesh before it stopped.†   (source)
  • We just kept to our ministrations of Snow Flower—stripping off her pants, melting water to wash them, cleaning her thighs of bloodstains, and taking the stuffing from one of her wedding quilts to stanch the putrid ghastliness that continued to flow from between her legs—and never raised our eyes or voices to him.†   (source)
  • Then Roger noticed that, although the pond looked lovely, there was a faint but definite odor of putridity hanging around it … and the small house on the rock in the center of the pond was whitewashed not with paint but with gullshit.†   (source)
  • Two died yesterday in the New England hospital of a dysentery, and thirty more are confined with it and other putrid disorders.†   (source)
  • The bindings were then removed, and Mama and Aunt checked our toenails, shaved calluses, scrubbed away dead skin, dabbed on more alum and perfume to disguise the odor of our putrefying flesh, and wrapped new clean bindings, even tighter this time.†   (source)
  • We could talk of the histories and discuss ways to deliver a crushing blow to the putrid bats of the black forest.†   (source)
  • Soon after my return from Paris, I was seized with a fever, of which, as the weather was and had long been uncommonly warm, I took little notice, but it increased very slowly and regularly, until it was found to be a nervous fever of a dangerous kind, bordering on putrid.†   (source)
  • According to common understanding, the cause of yellow fever was the foul, steaming air of late summer in cities like Philadelphia—"a putrid state of air occasioned by a collection of filth, heat, and moisture," as Abigail explained to her sister Elizabeth—and the "proof" was that the disease always vanished with the return of cold weather.†   (source)
  • Clean air up here, no putrid fevers.†   (source)
  • "Camp fever" or "putrid fever" were terms used for the highly infectious, deadly scourges of dysentery, typhus, and typhoid fever, the causes of which were unknown or only partially understood.†   (source)
  • "People often catch cold from one another when shut up together in small close rooms," he had written, stressing "it is the frowzy corrupt air from animal substances, and the perspired matter from our bodies, which, being long confined in beds not lately used, and clothes not lately worn …. obtains that kind of putridity which infects us, and occasions the colds observed upon sleeping in, wearing, or turning over, such beds [and] clothes."†   (source)
  • In an effort to explain why the "provincials" would, in their own climate, be so afflicted with "putrid disorders," while his Majesty's troops, who were foreign to the climate, would enjoy near perfect health, the London Chronicle said the difference was the great cleanliness of the regulars.†   (source)
  • I had identified so completely with Sophie that I felt Polish, with Europe's putrid blood rushing through my arteries and veins.†   (source)
  • This deathly exhalation from the shell-holes seems to be a mixture of chloroform and putrefaction, and fills us with nausea and retching.†   (source)
  • Meanwhile he would see her from a distance now and then in the daytime, about the rear premises, where moved articulate beneath the clean, austere garments which she wore that rotten richness ready to flow into putrefaction at a touch, like something growing in a swamp, not once looking toward the cabin or toward him.†   (source)
  • Directly Rostov entered the door he was enveloped by a smell of putrefaction and hospital air.†   (source)
  • But by virtue of this natural selection of our kind we have developed resisting power; to no germs do we succumb without a struggle, and to many—those that cause putrefaction in dead matter, for instance—our living frames are altogether immune.†   (source)
  • Just as in dead bodies worms are engendered by putrefaction, so in the souls of the lost there arises a perpetual remorse from the putrefaction of sin, the sting of conscience, the worm, as Pope Innocent the Third calls it, of the triple sting.†   (source)
  • The headlong precipitation of a people into the truth, a '93, terrified him; nevertheless, stagnation was still more repulsive to him, in it he detected putrefaction and death; on the whole, he preferred scum to miasma, and he preferred the torrent to the cesspool, and the falls of Niagara to the lake of Montfaucon.†   (source)
  • I have tasted The savour of putrid flesh in the spoon.†   (source)
  • Then the beak opened and vomited a stream of putrefied fluid.†   (source)
  • …and deserted even by the birds; Chinese towns cluttered up with victims silent in their agony; the convicts at Marseille piling rotting corpses into pits; the building of the Great Wall in Provence to fend off the furious plague-wind; the damp, putrefying pallets stuck to the mud floor at the Constantinople lazar-house, where the patients were hauled up from their beds with hooks; the carnival of masked doctors at the Black Death; men and women copulating in the cemeteries of Milan;…†   (source)
  • Nothing to do, and the hotel too hopelessly old-fashioned–no television laid on in the bedrooms, no scent organ, only the most putrid synthetic music, and not more than twenty-five Escalator-Squash Courts for over two hundred guests.†   (source)
  • Four years of half-starvation, four years of rations which were coarse or green or half-putrefied, had done its work with them and every soldier who stopped at Tara was either just recovering or was actively suffering from it.†   (source)
  • She felt the same kind of nausea she had once felt when she saw a swarm of fat white maggots crawling over the putrid carcass of a rat.†   (source)
  • And when he came to the sea, it was quite dark grey, and the water heaved up from below, and smelt putrid.†   (source)
  • And they stand still and watch the potatoes float by, listen to the screaming pigs being killed in a ditch and covered with quicklime, watch the mountains of oranges slop down to a putrefying ooze; and in the eyes of the people there is the failure; and in the eyes of the hungry there is a growing wrath.†   (source)
  • The very rats, which here and there lay putrefying in its rottenness, were hideous with famine.†   (source)
  • Why is it that a bucket of water soon becomes putrid, but frozen remains sweet forever?†   (source)
  • 'And how splendid it will smell too, when it begins to putrefy,' added Ernest.†   (source)
  • Imagine some foul and putrid corpse that has lain rotting and decomposing in the grave, a jelly-like mass of liquid corruption.†   (source)
  • That they did not bury any of their dead, and the reckless slaughter they perpetrated, point also to an entire ignorance of the putrefactive process.†   (source)
  • Paradox is the poison flower of quietism, the iridescent sheen of a putrefied mind, the greatest depravity of all.†   (source)
  • But how putrid!†   (source)
  • She had known there was something rotten about the whole affair from the first and could only hope that Ziemssen's obstinacy had not turned it putrid—"putrid," she said, in her infinite vulgarity.†   (source)
  • —slain by the putrefactive and disease bacteria against which their systems were unprepared; slain as the red weed was being slain; slain, after all man's devices had failed, by the humblest things that God, in his wisdom, has put upon this earth.†   (source)
  • For the nine hundred and ninety-four to express dissatisfaction with the regnant system and propose to change it, would have made the whole six shudder as one man, it would have been so disloyal, so dishonorable, such putrid black treason.†   (source)
  • If this be hypocrisy, it is a process which shows itself occasionally in us all, to whatever confession we belong, and whether we believe in the future perfection of our race or in the nearest date fixed for the end of the world; whether we regard the earth as a putrefying nidus for a saved remnant, including ourselves, or have a passionate belief in the solidarity of mankind.†   (source)
  • I hope not of a putrid infectious sort.†   (source)
  • I once read somewhere of John the Merciful, a saint, that when a hungry, frozen beggar came to him, he took him into his bed, held him in his arms, and began breathing into his mouth, which was putrid and loathsome from some awful disease.†   (source)
  • But when I reminded them of the putrefying carcase which lay there, they confessed it would be better to allow wind and storms, birds and insects to do their work in purging the atmosphere, and reducing the whale to a skeleton before we revisited the island.†   (source)
  • …excavated the gallery of Clichy, with a banquette to receive the principal water-conduit of Ourcq, a piece of work which was executed in a trench ten metres deep; after having, in the midst of land-slides, and with the aid of excavations often putrid, and of shoring up, vaulted the Bievre from the Boulevard de l'Hopital, as far as the Seine; after having, in order to deliver Paris from the floods of Montmartre and in order to provide an outlet for that river-like pool nine hectares in…†   (source)
  • As bluntly as he could speak it, therefore, he told me that Marianne Dashwood was dying of a putrid fever at Cleveland—a letter that morning received from Mrs. Jennings declared her danger most imminent—the Palmers are all gone off in a fright, &c.†   (source)
  • He came, examined his patient, and though encouraging Miss Dashwood to expect that a very few days would restore her sister to health, yet, by pronouncing her disorder to have a putrid tendency, and allowing the word "infection" to pass his lips, gave instant alarm to Mrs. Palmer, on her baby's account.†   (source)
  • Created by disease, within putrefaction, into decay.   (source)
    putrefaction = rotting (the process of biological decay)
  • Liquid putrefaction like drowned thingsfloating like pale rubber flabbily filled getting the odor of honeysuckle all mixedup.†   (source)
  • 'Come with me now, priest, or your wound shall fester and go putrid'?"†   (source)
  • And even scraping up the earth at night with a lantern like that case I read of to get at fresh buried females or even putrefied with running gravesores.†   (source)
  • He exhales a putrid carcasefed breath.†   (source)
  • I dress the perforated shoulder, the foot with the bullet-wound, Cleanse the one with a gnawing and putrid gangrene, so sickening, so offensive, While the attendant stands behind aside me holding the tray and pail.†   (source)
  • Not one word or deed, not venereal sore, discoloration, privacy of the onanist, Putridity of gluttons or rum-drinkers, peculation, cunning, betrayal, murder, seduction, prostitution, But has results beyond death as really as before death.†   (source)
  • The cave, tho' large, was dark; the dismal floor Was pav'd with mangled limbs and putrid gore.†   (source)
  • "By God," said Sancho, "your worship gives me a nice authority for what you say, putrid Dolly something transmogrified, or whatever it is."†   (source)
  • "And be ill for thee the thirst which cracks thy tongue," said the Greek, "and the putrid water that makes thy belly thus a hedge before thine eyes."†   (source)
  • But, casting from their tow'rs a frightful view, They saw the faces, which too well they knew, Tho' then disguis'd in death, and smear'd all o'er With filth obscene, and dropping putrid gore.†   (source)
  • Then dire portents she sees, To hasten on the death her soul decrees: Strange to relate! for when, before the shrine, She pours in sacrifice the purple wine, The purple wine is turn'd to putrid blood, And the white offer'd milk converts to mud.†   (source)
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