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  1. dried or darkened as by heat.
  2. burned; scorched.
  3. Archaic. gloomy in appearance or mood.
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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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Historical Examples

  • He was tired and adust with long riding; but he did not go home.


    George Eliot

  • 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

    Stanley Weyman

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for adust


adjective archaic
  1. dried up or darkened by heat; burnt or scorched
  2. gloomy or melancholy
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Word Origin

C14: (in the sense: gloomy): from Latin adūstus, from adūrere to set fire to, from ūrere to burn
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