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English noun: putrefaction

1. putrefaction (state) a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor


Broader (hypernym)decay

Narrower (hyponym)corruption, putrescence, putridness, rottenness

2. putrefaction (process) (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action

Synonymsdecomposition, rot, rotting

Broader (hypernym)decay

Domain categorybiological science, biology

3. putrefaction (attribute) moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymscorruption, degeneracy, depravation, depravity

Broader (hypernym)immorality

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