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  • n. The quality of being rotten.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being rotten, decayed, or putrid; unsoundness; corruptness.

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

  • n. in a state of progressive putrefaction
  • n. the quality of rotting and becoming putrid


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  • The clean, upstanding trees cry shame upon them and their withered crookedness, and their rottenness is a slimy desecration of the sweetness and purity of nature.

    Hops and Hoppers

  • The Mallard case certainly revealed long-term rottenness from top to bottom in the Western Australian force.

    A Western Heart

  • We who were on board all knew perfectly well before we sailed how groundless and foolish these cries about her "rottenness" were; we knew, too, that there is scarcely a wooden ship afloat on which it is not necessary to use the pumps now and then.

    The South Pole~ From Madeira to the Barrier

  • It requires no sustained analytic thought, no closeness or clarity of argument to pontificate on the "rottenness," on the "gangrene," of man, and on the terminal cancer of history.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Thank you for articulating the rottenness which is Cinderella.

    Why I hate my daughter's favorite movie.

  • That blood assumes a black pulpy appearance, commonly indicated by the term of 'rottenness', an indication or consequence of the violence of the disease, and the hopelessness of the case.

    The Dog

  • Yet it was this same responsibility that would not let him ignore what he called a "rottenness" or a "dirtiness" in the foundations of quantum mechanics, the theory with which they all worked.

    BrothersJudd Blog

  • This February, Afrikaner author André Brink published a memoir in which he described the "disillusionment, resentment, and rage tinged with despair" over the "rottenness" in South Africa. Top Stories

  • God’s light, are called rottenness, and living without the law, Rom. vii.

    The Works of the Rev. Hugh Binning

  • "rottenness" which they expect it to reveal is always enormous, and they look forward to the exposure and the general coming-down of their guilty neighbors to "the hard pan" with the keenest relish.

    Reflections and Comments 1865-1895


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