(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. decomposed, putrefied, putrid; unsound, treacherous; corrupt, dishonest; offensive, disgusting. See uncleanness, deterioration, badness.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Having rotted]
Syn. bad, rotting, putrifying, decaying, putrescent, putrified, spoiled, decomposed, decayed, offensive, disgusting, rancid, sour, feculent, purulent, pustular, rank, foul, corrupt, polluted, infected, loathsome, overripe, bad-smelling, putrid, tainted, crumbled, disintegrated, stale, noisome, smelling, fetid, mephitic, noxious.
Ant. fresh*, unspoiled, good.
2. [Not sound]
Syn. unsound, defective, rotted, crumbling, corroded, rusted, diseased, marred, impaired, bruised, injured, shaky, tottering, deteriorated, wasted, withering; see also crumbly , weak 2 .
Ant. strong*, sound, healthy.
3. [Corrupt]
Syn. dishonest, vitiated, base, low, contemptible, hateful, despicable, detestable, mean, nasty, scurvy, crooked, unscrupulous, unethical, immoral, vile, lowdown*, good-for-nothing*; see also dishonest 1 , 2 , wicked 1 .
Ant. honest, ethical, scrupulous.
4. [*Very bad]
Syn. unsatisfactory, unpleasant, disagreeable, lousy*; see offensive 2 , poor 2 , unsatisfactory .
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. decayed spoiled, putrefied, putrid, decomposed, *gone bad, rancid, sour, tainted, foul, rank, stale, stinking, corroded.
2. immoral nasty, corrupt, dishonest, evil, disgraceful, vicious, unscrupulous, bad, despicable, dirty, mean.
ANT.: 1. fresh, good. 2. good, honest, nice
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Smelling of mildew or decay: frowzy, fusty, moldy, musty, putrid, rancid, rank2. See SMELLS. 2. Impaired because of decay: bad, putrid. See BETTER, TASTE, THRIVE. 3. Utterly reprehensible in nature or behavior: corrupt, degenerate, depraved, flagitious, miscreant, perverse, unhealthy, villainous. See CLEAN, GOOD. 4. So objectionable as to elicit despisal or deserve condemnation: abhorrent, abominable, antipathetic, contemptible, despicable, despisable, detestable, disgusting, filthy, foul, infamous, loathsome, lousy, low, mean2, nasty, nefarious, obnoxious, odious, repugnant, shabby, vile, wretched. See GOOD. 5. Of decidedly inferior quality: base2, cheap, lousy, miserable, paltry, poor, shoddy, sleazy, trashy. Informal: cheesy. Slang: crummy, schlocky. See GOOD.

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