- (intransitive) To become septic; to become rotten.
2017 February 23, Katie Rife, “The Girl With All The Gifts tries to put a fresh spin on overripe zombie clichés”, in The Onion AV Club:
- Here, Melanie once again provides an interesting variation on the formula, serving as a scout and ambassador between worlds. Don‘t expect anything new from her human counterparts, though, just the usual shooting and running and hiding slowly festering flesh wounds.
- 1671, John Milton. Paradise Regained
- Wounds immedicable / Rankle, and fester, and gangrene.
- (intransitive) To worsen, especially due to lack of attention.
- Deal with the problem immediately; do not let it fester.
- Hatred […] festered in the hearts of the children of the soil.
- (transitive) To cause to fester or rankle.
- For which I burnt in inward, swelt'ring hate, / And fester'd rankling malice in my breast.
Conjugation of fester
become septic or rotten