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astringent

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adjective as·trin·gent \-jənt\

Simple Definition of astringent

  • medical : causing body tissues (such as skin) to tighten

  • : having a sharp or bitter quality

  • : very critical in a sharp and often clever way

Full Definition of astringent

  1. 1 :  causing contraction of soft organic tissues :  styptic, puckery <astringent lotions> <an astringent fruit>

  2. 2 :  suggestive of an astringent effect upon tissue :  rigidly severe :  austere <dry astringent comments>; also :  pungent, caustic

as·trin·gent·ly adverb

Examples of astringent

  1. an astringent critic of modern movies



Origin of astringent

probably from Middle French, from Latin astringent-, astringens, present participle of astringere to bind fast, from ad- + stringere to bind tight — more at strain


First Known Use: 1541


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astringent

noun as·trin·gent

Definition of astringent

  1. :  an astringent agent or substance



1626

First Known Use of astringent

1626

Rhymes with astringent


ASTRINGENT Defined for Kids

astringent

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noun as·trin·gent \ə-ˈstrin-jənt\

Definition of astringent

  1. :  a substance that is able to shrink or tighten body tissues

astringent adjective <an astringent skin lotion>



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