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fester
used in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

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Definition
of an injury:  to be inflamed and create pus

generally:  get worse — especially through inattention
  • 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.
    p. 213.1

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