dried or darkened as by heat.
burned; scorched.
Archaic. gloomy in appearance or mood.


Nearby words

  1. adumbral,
  2. adumbrate,
  3. adumbration,
  4. adumbrative,
  5. adunc,
  6. aduwa,
  7. adv.,
  8. advaita,
  9. advance,
  10. advance corporation tax

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for adust


adjective archaic

dried up or darkened by heat; burnt or scorched
gloomy or melancholy

Word Origin for adust

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

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