As verbs the difference between stagnate and fester
is that stagnate
is to cease motion, activity, or progress: while fester
is to become septic; to become rotten.
To cease motion, activity, or progress:
# To cease to flow or run.
# To be or become foul from standing.
- If the water stagnates , algae will grow.
# To cease to develop, advance or change; to become idle.
#* (rfdate), Walter Scott:
- Air stagnates in a closed room.
#* 2003 , Ernest Verity, Get Wisdom (ISBN 1591606691), page 434:
- Ready-witted tenderness never stagnates in vain lamentations while there is any room for hope.
- Listening to what others say, especially to what they teach, prevents our minds stagnating , thus promoting mental growth into old age.
To become septic; to become rotten.
To worsen, especially due to lack of attention.
- Wounds immedicable / Rankle, and fester , and gangrene.
- Deal with the problem immediately; do not let it fester .
To cause to fester or rankle.
- Hatred festered in the hearts of the children of the soil.
- For which I burnt in inward, swelt'ring hate, / And fester'd rankling malice in my breast.