astringent

adjective
as·​trin·​gent | \ ə-ˈstrin-jənt How to pronounce astringent (audio) \

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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Adjective

astringently adverb

Examples of astringent in a Sentence

Adjective an astringent critic of modern movies
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Other pizzas: Bootleggers will shake a civilized cocktail for you, maybe something herbal and astringent like the Dorothy Parker ($9) with gin and St-Germain and a fresh basil leaf. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "52 Weeks of Pizza: At New Braunfels’ Bootleggers Pizza Parlor restaurant, best pizza is a taco," 23 Oct. 2020 Tab was sweetened with saccharin, which gave the drink an astringent, metallic taste. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Tab, Coca-Cola’s Diet-Soda Pioneer and a ’70s Icon, Is Going Away," 16 Oct. 2020 The Kapha dosha is associated with water, so those with this dominant dosha should balance it out with pungent, bitter, and astringent foods. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "What Is Ayurvedic Eating? Principles to Know Before Eating for Your Dosha," 6 Oct. 2020 If unripe or overripe, pawpaws take on an unpleasant astringent flavor. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Northeast Ohio pawpaw orchard finds popularity this season," 21 Sep. 2020 Our research turned up numerous duds that either lacked the hops to taste like an IPA, or were astringent and unpleasantly bitter. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Low-Calorie IPAs," 23 July 2020 Santa Cruz, which is new this year, features bold, red wine tannins and an astringent finish that makes for a complex sipper. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "Purple ‘blonde’ beer? Cruz Blanca renews playful approach to barrel-aged series, to be released Saturday," 1 Nov. 2019 This foaming cleanser — recommended by Gohara — is both non-comedogenic and contains zinc pidolate, which has astringent, anti-inflammatory properties shown to improve acne. NBC News, "The best treatments for teen acne, according to dermatologists," 14 Feb. 2020 The flavors — funk, sour, astringent, sweet, fat — jostle for attention in your mouth, and somehow the totality ends up tasting like sweat. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The beer hall Fort Point Valencia: A very San Francisco brand of bar food," 30 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Brightly astringent fermented ginger replaces the laphet in another salad. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Burmese Food and a Hopeful Vision at Yun Café & Asian Mart," 25 Sep. 2020 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, "30 Dermatologist-Tested Tips for Getting Rid of Acne, Like, REALLY Fast," 1 Aug. 2020 This is still a light beer, but the hops are able to linger on your tongue without any building astringent bitterness. Matt Allyn, Popular Mechanics, "The 10 Best Low-Calorie IPAs," 23 July 2020 Staying Cool in the Midwest Readers, witch hazel is an astringent derived from a flowering plant. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Shopping for school supplies," 22 Aug. 2019 Baby powder is mostly talc, a mineral that is used to keep skin dry and as an astringent to prevent diaper rash. Jef Feeley, latimes.com, "J&J faces criminal investigation over baby powder’s potential cancer risks," 12 July 2019 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

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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 and Noun

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

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The first known use of astringent was circa 1541

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27 Oct 2020

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“Astringent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/astringent. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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astringent

adjective
How to pronounce astringent (audio)

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 How to pronounce astringent (audio) \

Kids Definition of astringent

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

Other Words from astringent

astringent adjective an astringent skin lotion

astringent

adjective
as·​trin·​gent | \ ə-ˈstrin-jənt How to pronounce astringent (audio) \

Medical Definition of astringent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having the property of causing contraction of soft organic tissues astringent cosmetic lotions : as
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 How to pronounce astringency (audio) \ noun, plural astringencies

astringent

noun

Medical Definition of astringent (Entry 2 of 2)

: an astringent agent or substance

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