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treacle

[ tree-kuhl ]
/ ˈtri kəl /
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Definition of treacle

noun
contrived or unrestrained sentimentality: a movie plot of the most shameless treacle.
British.
  1. molasses, especially that which is drained from the vats used in sugar refining.
  2. Also called golden syrup. a mild mixture of molasses, corn syrup, etc., used in cooking or as a table syrup.
Pharmacology, Obsolete. any of various medicinal compounds, formerly used as antidotes for poison.
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Origin of treacle

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English, variant of triacle “antidote,” from Middle French, Old French, from Latin thēriaca, from Greek thēriakḗ, noun use of feminine of thēriakós “concerning wild beasts,” equivalent to thērí(on) “wild beast” (thḗr “wild beast” + -ion diminutive suffix) + -akos -ac

OTHER WORDS FROM treacle

trea·cly [tree-klee], /ˈtri kli/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for treacle

treacle
/ (ˈtriːkəl) /

noun
Also called: black treacle British a dark viscous syrup obtained during the refining of sugar
British another name for golden syrup
anything sweet and cloying
obsolete any of various preparations used as an antidote to poisoning

Derived forms of treacle

treacly, adjectivetreacliness, noun

Word Origin for treacle

C14: from Old French triacle, from Latin thēriaca antidote to poison
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