astringent

adjective
as·​trin·​gent | \-jənt \

Definition of astringent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : causing a tightening of soft organic tissues : styptic

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

astringent

noun

Definition of astringent (Entry 2 of 2)

: an astringent agent or substance: such as

a : a medicine for checking the discharge of mucus or serum by causing shrinkage of tissue

b : a liquid cosmetic for cleansing the skin and contracting the pores

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Other Words from astringent

Adjective

astringently adverb

Examples of astringent in a Sentence

Adjective

an astringent critic of modern movies

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The consolation, though, is that all of these books are excellent, as bracing and astringent as a slap. New York Times, "7 New Books We Recommend This Week," 17 May 2018 Sheep-milk ice cream is set in a pool of yellow custard and a pleasantly astringent goat-milk caramel. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Tied House is that rarest of neighborhood restaurants: a destination," 12 Apr. 2018 Those budding branches are intense on their own, musky and herbaceous with an astringent smack befitting the name. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "A worthy destination in the heart of Cambodia Town," 11 May 2018 The newest generation of toners, however, have more than astringent properties, and many of them are alcohol-free. Rebecca Norris, Allure, "Kiehl's Sells a Bottle of Its Calendula Toner Every 12 Seconds," 3 May 2018 The fake 1945 Lafite Rothschild, meanwhile, was terrible, bitter and astringent. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "Would You Know a Fake Wine If You Tasted It?," 12 Apr. 2018 Sharp, astringent, herbaceous and refreshing, Red Barn has only the slightest residual sweetness. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Is the world still coming to the San Diego International Beer Festival?," 24 May 2018 Belif's calming toner feels anything but astringent on the skin. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "How to Use Witch Hazel on Acne-Prone Skin, According to Dermatologists," 10 May 2018 Bad tahini, on the other hand, can be bitter and astringent, bordering on acidic, and can be dry with an almost chalky mouthfeel. Alex Delany, Bon Appetit, "What Is Tahini, Anyway?," 19 Feb. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

And while there’s, justly, an uptick in interest in refreshing skin tonics during the warmer months, when an astringent can sop up excess oil to control shine and prevent breakouts, toning is just as essential when the temperatures dip . . Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "This Overlooked Beauty Product Is the Secret to Healing Dry Skin," 22 Oct. 2018 Face: Strawberry Facial Cleanser Ingredients: 4-6 ripe strawberries, 2 drops of peppermint oil Uses: Strawberry juice has gentle astringent & bleaching properties and is a great light everyday cleanser. Womansday.com Staff, Woman's Day, "WD on TV: Make Your Own Beauty Products," 20 Jan. 2011 Combined with tannin, a natural astringent, the treatment also helps smooth skin after clearing it of all those nasties to give it that poreless, glass-like look everyone is after lately. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The New Cosrx Two in One Poreless Power Liquid Is Like Glass Skin in a Bottle," 9 Apr. 2018 Peppermint Used for centuries as a natural astringent to combat bad breath, soothe indigestion and overcome fatigue, oil from the peppermint plant can also reduce nausea and cramping. Newsweek Special Edition, Newsweek, "The Essence of Healing," 23 Feb. 2018 If your skin still feels oily, instead of washing again (which can make your skin produce even more oil!), try an astringent after cleansing. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "Your Clear Skin Countdown: 30 Pro Tips for Getting Rid of Acne Fast," 17 Oct. 2017 If your skin still feels oily, instead of washing again (which can make your skin produce even more oil!), try an astringent after cleansing. Kristin Koch, Seventeen, "Your Clear Skin Countdown: 30 Pro Tips for Getting Rid of Acne Fast," 25 July 2014 This year's new product will be hydrosol toner, a natural lavender astringent made from the water left from the lavender distillation process. Mary Ellen Fillo, courant.com, "Cape Cod Shopping, Dining, Trips For When You're Not At The Beach," 17 May 2017

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First Known Use of astringent

Adjective

circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1626, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for astringent

Adjective

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

Noun

see astringent entry 1

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astringent

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English Language Learners 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

astringent

noun
as·​trin·​gent | \ə-ˈstrin-jənt \

Kids Definition of astringent

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

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astringent adjective an astringent skin lotion

astringent

adjective
as·​trin·​gent | \ə-ˈstrin-jənt \

Medical Definition of astringent 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: having the property of causing contraction of soft organic tissues astringent cosmetic lotions :

a : tending to shrink mucous membranes or raw or exposed tissues : checking discharge (as of serum or mucus) : styptic

b : tending to pucker the tissues of the mouth astringent fruits

Other Words from astringent

astringency \-​jən-​sē \ noun plural -cies

astringent

noun

Medical Definition of astringent (Entry 2 of 2)

: an astringent agent or substance

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