tincture

noun
tinc·​ture | \ ˈtiŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce tincture (audio) \

Definition of tincture

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent
2a : a characteristic quality : cast
b : a slight admixture : trace a tincture of doubt
3a : color, tint
b archaic : a substance that colors, dyes, or stains
4 : a heraldic metal, color, or fur
5 obsolete : an active principle or extract

tincture

verb
tinctured; tincturing\ ˈtiŋ(k)-​chə-​riŋ How to pronounce tincture (audio) , -​shriŋ \

Definition of tincture (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to tint or stain with a color : tinge
2a : to infuse or instill with a property or entity : impregnate
b : to imbue with a quality : affect writing tinctured with wit and wisdom

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Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Tincture derives from the same root as tint and tinge—the Latin verb tingere, meaning "to moisten or dip." Tincture specifically derives via Middle English from the Latin tinctus, the past participle of tingere. When the word first appeared in English in the 14th century, tincture referred to a coloring matter or dye, but by the 17th century the word had acquired a number of additional meanings, including "a slight infusion or trace of something." Tinge and shade are two other words referring to color that can be used the same way. Tincture can also refer, among other things, to the colors used in a coat of arms or an herbal or medicinal solution.

Examples of tincture in a Sentence

Noun a ragged shirt that seemed to be stained with the tincture of blood Verb clouds tinctured by the rays of the setting sun
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First Known Use of tincture

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

Verb

1616, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for tincture

Noun

Middle English, from Latin tinctura act of dyeing, from tinctus, past participle of tingere to tinge

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30 Jul 2022

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“Tincture.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tincture. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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tincture

noun
tinc·​ture | \ ˈtiŋ(k)-chər How to pronounce tincture (audio) \

Medical Definition of tincture

: a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic or hydroalcoholic menstruum — compare liquor sense b

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