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.

 

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Fes`ter, v. t.

To cause to fester or rankle.

For which I burnt in inward, swelt'ring hate, And fstered ranking malice in my breast. Marston.

 

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Fes"ter, n. [OF. festre, L. fistula a sort of ulcer. Cf. Fistula.]

1.

A small sore which becomes inflamed and discharge corrupt matter; a pustule.

2.

A festering or rankling.

The fester of the chain their necks. I. Taylor.

 

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