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fester (verb) (of a cut, wound, or sore) form pus or be infected; (an unpleasant feeling) becoming more unpleasant.
If a wound, cut, or a sore festers, it is infected badly; it oozes pus. It causes a lot of pain and may need surgery. When bad or unpleasant feelings fester in you, they rankle, that is, you keep thinking about them, and they become more and more unpleasant, and make you feel very bad.
- The bodies of the lepers with sores which festered did not turn Father Damien away from serving them lifelong.
- The abusive words of John festered in Herman's mind for days and finally resulted in his desire for revenge.