putrefy :

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  • v  become putrid; decay with an offensive smell

  • Corpses, left where they fell, putrefy in fields and farmyards amid the buzzing of flies and the howling of stray dogs.
  • The new surrealist was Wolfgang Paalen, a Netherlands-born Parisian, whose particular Freudian fairyland looks like an Arthur Rackham landscape that has begun to putrefy.
  • The dangling Communist dead are beginning to putrefy on the wire, and French planes drop leaflets in the enemy lines: "Remember Giap, the Butcher of Dienbienphu.

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