verb (used with object), im·brued, im·bru·ing.
Origin of imbrue
Examples from the Web for imbrue
The strife seemed who should get there first, and imbrue his hands in blood.
Then he charged me as an enemy to the King, that I endeavoured to raise a new war, and imbrue the nation in blood again.George Fox|George Fox
Thou wilt not be able, when thy children fall suppliant at thy feet, to imbrue thy savage hand in their wretched life-blood.
Margharittei answered, that he was a Christian himself, and nothing would induce him to imbrue his hands in innocent blood.The Lives of the Saints, Volume II (of 16): February|Sabine Baring-Gould
What malady, or what tears, or what pity on earth is greater, than to imbrue one's hand in a mother's blood?
verb -brues, -bruing or -brued (tr) rare
Word Origin for imbrue
early 15c., "to soak, steep;" mid-15c., "to stain, soil," from Old French embreuvere "to moisten," a metathesis of embeuvrer, from em- (see im-) + -bevrer, ultimately from Latin bibere "to drink" (see imbibe). Or perhaps from Old French embroue "soiled," ultimately from boue "mud, dirt."