What does the word gangrene mean?

Usage examples for gangrene

  1. It would ill- become me to blame you, but I may be allowed to pity you, for I see the disease in your soul which, like gangrene in the body. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. This hypocrisy, a characteristic of the times, is a gangrene in gallantry. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  3. The revolution has an enemy, the old world, and to that it is pitiless, just as the surgeon has an enemy, gangrene, and is pitiless to that. – Studies in Literature by John Morley