Stagnate vs Fester - What's the difference?

stagnate | fester |

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.
  • If the water stagnates , algae will grow.
  • # To be or become foul from standing.
  • Air stagnates in a closed room.
  • # To cease to develop, advance or change; to become idle.
  • #* (rfdate), Walter Scott:
  • Ready-witted tenderness never stagnates in vain lamentations while there is any room for hope.
  • #* 2003 , Ernest Verity, Get Wisdom (ISBN 1591606691), page 434:
  • Listening to what others say, especially to what they teach, prevents our minds stagnating , thus promoting mental growth into old age.
  • Derived terms

    * stagnant * stagnation




    (en verb)
  • To become septic; to become rotten.
  • * Milton
  • Wounds immedicable / Rankle, and fester , and gangrene.
  • To worsen, especially due to lack of attention.
  • Deal with the problem immediately; do not let it fester .
  • * Macaulay
  • Hatred festered in the hearts of the children of the soil.
  • To cause to fester or rankle.
  • * Marston
  • For which I burnt in inward, swelt'ring hate, / And fester'd rankling malice in my breast.


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