Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The condition of containing or discharging pus.
  • n. Pus.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The condition of containing or discharging pus.
  • n. Pus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being purulent; the generation of pus; also, the pus itself.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being purulent; the generation of pus or matter; pus, or its presence; suppuration.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. symptom of being purulent (containing or forming pus)
  • n. a fluid product of inflammation

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Examples

  • *Although the link between microorganisms and infection was yet to be established, the connection between pus—purulence—and sepsis, fever, and death, often arising from an abscess or wound, was well known to Bennett.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • No, the purulence of a diseased sensibility, and its leakage into the blogosphere and elsewhere, will suffice: by the odour of decay you may know them.

    ¡Viva la Muerte!

  • Even Vanna White cannot hope to match the purulence that is

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • The gold-eyed birds darting in between the leaves observed that purulence, that wetness, quizzically.

    The Waves

  • Already the exploiting class, as it neared the term of its depleted life, was but a mass of purulence.

    The Wrong Twin

  • Francis of Assisi kisses his lepers; Margaret Mary Alacoque, Francis Xavier, St. John of God, and others are said to have cleansed the sores and ulcers of their patients with their respective tongues; and the lives of such saints as Elizabeth of Hungary and Madame de Chantal are full of a sort of reveling in hospital purulence, disagreeable to read of, and which makes us admire and shudder at the same time.

    The Varieties of Religious Experience

  • "Iris" as in "Madama Butterfly" we have Japanese music, -- the twanging of samisens and the tinkling of gongs; but it was more coarsely applied, with more apparent and merely outward purpose, and it was only an accompaniment of a vision stained all over with purulence and grossness.

    Chapters of Opera Being historical and critical observations and records concerning the lyric drama in New York from its earliest days down to the present time

  • Grossness and purulence stain the dramatic element in the piece, but when all is over pictures and music have done their work of mitigation, and out of the feculent mire there arises a picture of poetic beauty, a vision of suffering and triumphant innocency which pleads movingly for a pardoning embrace.

    Chapters of Opera Being historical and critical observations and records concerning the lyric drama in New York from its earliest days down to the present time

  • Assisi kisses his lepers; Margaret Mary Alacoque, Francis Xavier, St. John of God, and others are said to have cleansed the sores and ulcers of their patients with their respective tongues; and the lives of such saints as Elizabeth of Hungary and Madame de Chantal are full of a sort of reveling in hospital purulence, disagreeable to read of, and which makes us admire and shudder at the same time.

    Varieties of Religious Experience, a Study in Human Nature

  • Come to think about it, a geyser of festering purulence could only improve a Mary Worth intimate dinner party.

    The Comics Curmudgeon

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