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putrid

(of organic matter) in a state of decomposition, usually giving off a foul smell
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The loathsome atmosphere of putridness, death, and ravenous violence typical of the nigredo also attends the "alchemical" conjunction of Zero and Eve in the ranch, "as much the realm of sterility as the desert that surrounded it" (102).
And some experts offered bizarre defenses of air pollution, asserting, for example, that smoke and sulphur reduced the incidence of contagious diseases by decreasing air's "putridness."
(26) Robert Markiey, "A Putridness in the Air': Monsoons and Mortality in Seventeenth-Century Bombay," Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies 10.2 (2010): 110, points out that "Besides their 'Heat and Moisture,' tropical climates in the East and West Indies, according to John Tennett [an eighteenth-century physician], are characterized by air that 'abound[s] with Effluvia of a poisonous coagulating Nature.'"