English noun: putrefaction
|1.||putrefaction (state) a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor|
|Narrower (hyponym)||corruption, putrescence, putridness, rottenness|
|2.||putrefaction (process) (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action|
|Synonyms||decomposition, rot, rotting|
|Domain category||biological science, biology|
|3.||putrefaction (attribute) moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles|
|Samples||The luxury and corruption among the upper classes.|
Moral degeneracy followed intellectual degeneration.
Its brothels, its opium parlors, its depravity.
Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction.
|Synonyms||corruption, degeneracy, depravation, depravity|