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American Dictionary of the English Language

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Fester


FES'TER, verb intransitive [Latin pestis, pus, or pustula.]

To rankle; to corrupt; to grow virulent.

We say of a sore or wound, it festers.

Passion and unkindness may give a wound that shall bleed and smart; but it is treachery that makes it fester