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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: festre 'sore hole in flesh', from Latin fistula

fester

verb
     
fes‧ter [intransitive]
1 if an unpleasant feeling or problem festers, it gets worse because it has not been dealt with:
The dispute can be traced back to resentments which have festered for centuries.
2MI if a wound festers, it becomes infected:
festering sores
3 if rubbish or dirty objects fester, they decay and smell bad
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