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putrescent

1. becoming putrid; rotting
2. characterized by or undergoing putrefaction
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all I ask [the Southern Gothic novelist] to do is to deal as honestly with living tissue as he now deals with decay, to remind himself that the colors of putrescence have no greater validity for our age, for any age, than have--let us say, to be very daring--the cardinal virtues.
Afterward, they go to the adjacent market to buy oil and herbs to prepare a balm to anoint a body in putrescence.
let him realise how grand and glorious a thing it is to have distilled all Youth and Joy and Life into a foetid heap of hideous putrescence.
Having exposed as fraudulent one artist's use of the "Sickness of America" as an excuse for the "disintegration of his artistic powers," he reverses the causal connection in order to diagnose national disease as the product of poetic degradation: "There is no body of work in literature that, conceived of as some kind of diversion from the stringencies of art, will not rot and its putrescence affect the population" (159).
The killer, played with creepy elan by Malcolm Moorman, is the perfect sociopath, in whom the intriguing mixture of masculine swagger, unrelenting self-confidence, and physical beauty devolves into a delightful putrescence, eliciting more gasps of pleasure than moans of disgust.