Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

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

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  • noun The quality of being rotten.

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

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

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Examples

  • 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 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

  • 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.

    The People of the Abyss

  • 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.

    George Steiner at The New Yorker

  • 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.

  • 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; an account of the Norwegian Antarctic expedition in the "Fram," 1910-12 — Volume 1 and Volume 2

  • 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; an account of the Norwegian antarctic expedition in the "Fram," 1910-1912 — Volume 1

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