Definition of Rotten

1. Adjective. Very bad. "It's a stinking world"

Exact synonyms: Crappy, Icky, Lousy, Shitty, Stinking, Stinky
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Bad
Derivative terms: Crap, Lousiness, Shit

2. Adjective. Damaged by decay; hence unsound and useless. "A decayed foundation"
Exact synonyms: Decayed, Rotted
Similar to: Unsound
Derivative terms: Rottenness

3. Adjective. Having decayed or disintegrated; usually implies foulness. "Dead and rotten in his grave"
Similar to: Stale
Derivative terms: Rottenness, Rottenness

Definition of Rotten

1. a. Having rotted; putrid; decayed; as, a rotten apple; rotten meat.

Definition of Rotten

1. Adjective. Of perishable items, overridden with bacteria and other infectious agents. ¹

2. Adjective. In a state of decay. ¹

3. Adjective. Cruel, mean or immoral. ¹

4. Adjective. Bad or terrible. ¹

5. Adverb. To an extreme degree. ¹

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Definition of Rotten

1. being in a state of decay [adj -TENER, -TENEST] : ROTTENLY [adv]

Medical Definition of Rotten

1. Having rotted; putrid; decayed; as, a rotten apple; rotten meat. Hence: Offensive to the smell; fetid; disgusting. "You common cry or curs! whose breath I hate As reek of the rotten fens." (Shak) Not firm or trusty; unsound; defective; treacherous; unsafe; as, a rotten plank, bone, stone. "The deepness of the rotten way." Rotten borough. See Borough. Rotten stone, a soft stone, called also Tripoli (from the country from which it was formerly brought), used in all sorts of finer grinding and polishing in the arts, and for cleaning metallic substances. The name is also given to other friable siliceous stones applied to like uses. Synonym: Putrefied, decayed, carious, defective, unsound, corrupt, deceitful, treacherous. Rot"tenly, Rot"tenness. Origin: Icel. Rotinn; akin to Sw. Rutten, Dan. Radden. See Rot. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Rotten

rotten (current term)
rotten apple
rotten borough
rotten boroughs

Literary usage of Rotten

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1. Phytopathology by American Phytopathological Society (1917)
"Started wound 1 rotten 2 rotten DUT End not Stem «od ... 5 13 rotten. 6 all rotten; 5 stem-end- rot ; 2 doubtful 3 rotten 2 rotten typical Di- plodia rot 15 ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Ernest Alfred Benians, George Walter Prothero, Sir Adolphus William Ward (1907)
"If defenders of the nomination system appealed to its practice to defend its theory, defenders of the rotten boroughs found it more convenient to reverse ..."

3. The pilgrim's progress from this world to that which is to come by John Bunyan (1879)
"... he esteemeth iron as straw, and brass as job 4'""*- rotten wood. The arrow cannot make him flee; sling ** stones are turned with him into stubble. ..."

4. Commentaries on the Law in Shakespeare: With Explanations of the Legal Terms by Edward Joseph White (1911)
"A rotten case.—No Counsel in.— "Mow. Well, by my will, we shall admit no parley. West. That argues but the shame of your offense: a rotten case abides no ..."

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