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rotten

1. affected with rot; decomposing, decaying, or putrid
2. (of rocks, soils, etc.) soft and crumbling, esp as a result of weathering
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Woe, in the dark house, in the rottenness of the grave, when the children's children shall revile the ashes of the fathers
A finger poked through it, and it broke away in rustling flakes of ashy rottenness.
By little and little he has been induced to trust in that rotten reed, and it communicates some portion of its rottenness to everything around him.
I found none clean, noble, and alive, though I found many who were alive--with rottenness.
The talk had led on from the Graft Prosecution and the latest signs that the town was to be run wide open, down through all the grotesque sordidness and rottenness of manhate and man-meanness, until the name of O'Brien was mentioned--O'Brien, the promising young pugilist who had been killed in the prize-ring the night before.
One thing he teaches, that there is rottenness where he appears.
Fat" and "thin" are almost a trivialization of the utter rottenness of the dynastic political system in the country.
And, as the evidence begins to mount and DiAngelo and his mooks start to unravel, the actors' performances take on a fearsome anxiety -- Castillo is especially good at portraying a bad cop's spiral into remorse and rottenness.
The rottenness already affects [the party] at a local level, [officials] try to lie to the Prince and cheat him,' he said, adding that Funcinpec should learn from the Cambodian People's Party's organisational structure.
The cynics aren't exactly wrong; there is a lot of shoddy, grasping, rottenness in the world.
He maintained that whatever form of government the Philippines has, 'the rottenness of the semicolonial and semifeudal ruling system under US imperialism and the local exploiting classes will persist.
Listen for arguments like this one, Richardson quoting Hoover's treasury secretary: "It will purge the rottenness out of the system.