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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.
In using these aliases, the film bolsters its claim to an intimate knowledge of the Milnes’ home life — a life that is rendered all too tastefully here, though also with a dollop of bitterness that cuts nicely through the treacle.
Even overtly sweet red wines, such as Apothic, did not stand out as sweet among the treacle that is cheap Cali cab.
One of the most beloved aspects of the Harry Potter universe: the many, many delectable food options, from Butterbeer to chocolate frogs to treacle tarts.
Its lessons in compassion and self-acceptance are treacle-free, and however movie-shiny the story's world of economic comfort and prep school, those lessons pack a universal punch.
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Did You Know?
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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