- Medicine/Medical. contracting; constrictive; styptic.
- harshly biting; caustic: his astringent criticism.
- stern or severe; austere.
- sharply incisive; pungent: astringent wit.
- Medicine/Medical. a substance that contracts the tissues or canals of the body, thereby diminishing discharges, as of mucus or blood.
- a cosmetic that cleans the skin and constricts the pores.
Origin of astringent
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2, 3. sharp, harsh, rigorous.
2, 4. See acid.
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Examples from the Web for astringent
These protagonists want something just out of reach, and end up being the unintentional authors of their own astringent tragedies.Chinelo Okparanta: Champion of the Stifled
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And yet, there was always an astringent, bleakly humorous honesty to the man.The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Henry Ford
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The wood is of an astringent nature, and if put into vinegar makes it stronger.The History of Louisiana
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As this is an astringent, the doses must be proportioned accordingly, and the mixture is wholesome only while it remains sweet.
Hard water possesses an astringent quality, which prevents the goodness of the malt from being freely communicated to the liquor.
After the harsh, astringent drug, the flavour was soothing and gratifying.The Slave of Silence
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Both root and flower are astringent and are given for dysentery.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
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- severe; harsh
- sharp or invigorating
- causing contraction of body tissues, checking blood flow, or restricting secretions of fluids; styptic
- an astringent drug or lotion
C16: from Latin astringēns drawing together; see astrict
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Word Origin and History for astringent
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Causing contraction of tissues, arrest of secretion, or control of bleeding.
- A substance or preparation, such as alum, that draws together or constricts body tissues and is effective in stopping the flow of blood or other secretions.
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- A substance or preparation, such as alum, that draws together or constricts body tissues, resulting in decreased flow of blood or other secretions.
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