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blench1

[blench] /blɛntʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to shrink; flinch; quail:
an unsteady eye that blenched under another's gaze.
Origin of blench1
1000
before 1000; Middle English blenchen, Old English blencan; cognate with Old Norse blekkja, Middle High German blenken
Related forms
blencher, noun
blenchingly, adverb

blench2

[blench] /blɛntʃ/
verb (used with or without object)
1.
to make or become pale or white; blanch.
Origin
First recorded in 1805-15; variant of blanch1
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Examples from the Web for blench
Historical Examples
  • Like Hamlet with the king at the play, "If he but blench, I know my course!"

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • But she did not blench in the least, though she remembered whose words he was quoting.

    T. Tembarom Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • But though it fell, the people of the dauntless city did not blench.

    Vistas in Sicily Arthur Stanley Riggs
  • His cheek did not blench, his lips quiver, nor his limbs tremble.

    Bits of Blarney R. Shelton Mackenzie
  • Now it is the turn of his judges to blench, for his persecutors to tremble.

  • This word, sometimes confounded with ‘unblanched,’ is from blench, a causal of blink.

    Milton's Comus John Milton
  • Some things he had never yet talked about; it made his mind blench to think of talking about them.

    Soul of a Bishop H. G. Wells
  • It had to be looked out on the map, but the chauffeur, trained to the hour, did not blench.

    The Lion's Share E. Arnold Bennett
  • Musa got closer to Mr. Ziegler, who did not blench nor cease from his humming.

    The Lion's Share E. Arnold Bennett
  • It did not blench, and I began to wonder if, after all, he might not be honest.

    The Princess Passes

    Alice Muriel Williamson and Charles Norris Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for blench

blench1

/blɛntʃ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to shy away, as in fear; quail
Word Origin
Old English blencan to deceive

blench2

/blɛntʃ/
verb
1.
to make or become pale or white
Word Origin
C19: variant of blanch
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Word Origin and History for blench
v.

Old English blencan "deceive, cheat," from Proto-Germanic *blenk- "to shine, dazzle, blind," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Sense of "move suddenly, wince, dodge" is from c.1300. Related: Blenched; blenching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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