- n a state of decay usually accompanied by an offensive odor
- n (biology) the process of decay caused by bacterial or fungal action
- n moral perversion; impairment of virtue and moral principles
Rome had fallen into moral putrefaction
- Until he was strangling and mutilating his victims, displaying their lopped-off heads in his apartment and sleeping with their corpses until putrefaction made it unbearable.
- To day both Shanghais are deadand within the putrefaction of its mist-shrouded cadaver the maggots of destruction worm silently about.
- Pustules of corruption sear your senses and you search in vain for some escape from the smothering putrefaction.
News & Articles
- America's Cultural Chasm
Denouncing the dysfunction in Washington has become a cliche. For a change of pace, let's decry the putrefaction in American popular culture. (There are bright spots, but those will have to await another column.)
Oct. 8, 2013 - Mona Charen via Yahoo! News
- Mona Charen: Miley Cyrus rides wave of culture rot - Tue, 08 Oct 2013 PST
Denouncing the dysfunction in Washington has become a cliche. For a change of pace, let’s decry the putrefaction in American popular culture. (There are bright spots, but those will have to await another column.) Miley Cyrus is America’s id. She is all desire – for fame, for attention, for money – without any mediating influences like conscience, character, prudence or taste. America celebrates ...
Oct. 8, 2013 - The Spokesman-Review
- John Adams in Wall Street Journal
And not much in the way of salubrious alternatives: "Rum......and bad water," John wrote to Abigail, "will never do in this hot climate in summer, when acid liquors are necessary against putrefaction."