- From Old French empostume, alteration of apostume ("apostume, large abscess"), from Latin apostema, from Ancient Greek ἀπόστεμα ("separation of pus into an abscess"). (Wiktionary)
“We feare more the cure then the disease, the surgion then the paine, the stroke then the impostume.”
“Why his masculine whore, now the rotten diseases of the south, the guts griping ruptures: loades a gravell in the back, lethergies, could palsies, rawe eies, durtrotte [n] livers, whissing lungs, bladders full of impostume.”
“Whereupon Catullus called Nonius a scab or impostume though he sat in his chair of estate. [”
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