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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fester  \Fes"ter\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Festered};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Festering}.]  [OE.  festern,  fr  fester,  n.;  or  fr  OF 
  festrir  fr  festre,  n.  See  {Fester},  n.] 
  1.  To  generate  pus;  to  become  imflamed  and  suppurate;  as  a 
  sore  or  a  wound  festers. 
 
  Wounds  immedicable  Rankle,  and  fester,  and  gangrene. 
  --Milton. 
 
  Unkindness  may  give  a  wound  that  shall  bleed  and 
  smart,  but  it  is  treachery  that  makes  it  fester. 
  --South. 
 
  Hatred  .  .  .  festered  in  the  hearts  of  the  children 
  of  the  soil.  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  To  be  inflamed;  to  grow  virulent,  or  malignant;  to  grow  in 
  intensity;  to  rankle. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  festering 
  adj  :  having  undergone  infection;  "festering  sores";  "an  infected 
  wound"  [syn:  {infected},  {purulent},  {pussy},  {putrid}] 
  n  1:  the  formation  and  discharge  of  pus  [syn:  {suppuration}] 
  2:  a  fluid  product  of  inflammation  [syn:  {pus},  {purulence},  {suppuration}, 
  {ichor},  {sanies}] 




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