Putrefy vs Perish - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between putrefy and perish

is that putrefy is to become filled with a pus-like or bile-like substance while perish is to pass away; to come to naught; to waste away; to decay and disappear.

putrefy

English

Verb

(en-verb)
  • To become filled with a pus-like or bile-like substance.
  • To reach an advanced stage of decomposition.
  • To become gangrenous.
  • To make morbid, carious, or gangrenous.
  • to putrefy an ulcer or wound
  • To corrupt; to make foul.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • Private suits do putrefy the public good.
  • * Shakespeare
  • They would but stink, and putrefy the air.

    Synonyms

    * decay * fester * rot

    See also

    * (Gangrene)

    perish

    English

    Verb

    (es)
  • To pass away; to come to naught; to waste away; to decay and disappear.
  • To die; to cease to live.
  • * 1719 ,
  • ...the ship struck upon a sand, and ... the sea broke over her in such a manner that we expected we should all have perished immediately; and we were immediately driven into our close quarters, to shelter us from the very foam and spray of the sea.
  • (obsolete) To cause to perish.
  • (Francis Bacon)

    Synonyms

    * decease, pass away * See also

    Derived terms

    * perish the thought

    Anagrams

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