You know that science experiment that used to be lunch that is now rotting in the back of your fridge? Because it's decomposing and stinks to high heaven, you can call it putrid.

The adjective putrid describes something that is rotting and has a foul odor, but it can also describe anything that is totally objectionable or exceptionally terrible. Something that is morally corrupt or evil can also be described with putrid: "That putrid politician took kickbacks for his vote and then used the money to buy fur coats made from the pelts of endangered leopards."

Definitions of putrid
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or attended by putrefaction
    putrid decomposition”
  2. adjective
    in an advanced state of decomposition and having a foul odor
    “"horrible like raw and putrid flesh"- Somerset Maugham”
    lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age
  3. adjective
    morally corrupt or evil
    “the putrid atmosphere of the court”
    lacking in integrity
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