- dried or darkened as by heat.
- burned; scorched.
- Archaic. gloomy in appearance or mood.
Origin of adust
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin adustus (past participle of adūrere), equivalent to ad- ad- + us- (base of ūrere to burn) + -tus past participle suffix
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Examples from the Web for adust
He was tired and adust with long riding; but he did not go home.Romola
Adust, a-dust′, adj. burnt up or scorched; browned with the sun.
Blondel took up the word, his eyes sparkling, his adust complexion heated and full of fire.The Long Night
The Oxford scholar long ago, as described by Chaucer, was adust and thin.
The Tragedian unbent by degrees; his adust countenance warmed into flesh and blood, and he grew facetious and festive.Merrie England In The Olden Time, Vol. 2 (of 2)
- dried up or darkened by heat; burnt or scorched
- gloomy or melancholy
C14: (in the sense: gloomy): from Latin adūstus, from adūrere to set fire to, from ūrere to burn
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