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Examples of treacle in a Sentence
The book is ruined by all the treacle about his childhood.
Recent Examples of treacle from the Web
Trees take up a lot of our shelf space, and many give their lives in vain; lots of treacle is written about them.
There’s not a bit of treacle in this production that’s more provocative than cheery.
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The long history of "treacle" begins in ancient Greece. The Greek word thēriakos, meaning "of a wild animal," came from "thērion" ("wild animal"). Since wild animals are often known to bite, these words gave rise to thēriakē, meaning "antidote against a poisonous bite." Latin borrowed thēriakē as "theriaca," and the word eventually entered Anglo-French - and then Middle English - as "triacle." The senses of "treacle" that refer to molasses developed from the earlier "antidote" sense. The "molasses" sense, in turn, was extended to give us a word for things excessively sweet or sentimental.
Origin and Etymology of treacle
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of treacle for English Language Learners
: a blend of molasses, sugar, and corn syrup
: something that is annoying because it is too sentimental
medical Definition of treacle
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