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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Definitions for astringent

  1. Sharply incisive; pungent.
  2. Medicine/Medical. Contracting; constrictive; styptic.
  3. Harshly biting; caustic: his astringent criticism.

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Citations for astringent
One endeavors to correct, flushing out error and misconception with the astringent power of historical detail; the other treats the myth as meaningful cultural phenomenon in its own right, accounting for its emergence and tracing its development across time. Beth Newman, Emily Brontë, "Introduction," Wuthering Heights
But here too she was thinner, and going unripe, astringent. D.H. Lawrence, Lady Chatterley's Lover
Origin of astringent
1535-1545
Related to the words strain and string, astringent comes from the Latin root stringere which meant "to draw tight."