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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
Farewell shows tend to be slathered with treacle, full of disingenuous praise.
Spielberg is in complete control of the material and even manages to tamp down his customary treacle until the movie’s almost over.
The sentimentality of it all threatens to slip into treacle, but the directors and their cast walk the line with enough restraint to strike the right balance.
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.
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.
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.
Trees take up a lot of our shelf space, and many give their lives in vain; lots of treacle is written about them.
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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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Definition of treacle for English Language Learners
: a blend of molasses, sugar, and corn syrup
: something that is annoying because it is too sentimental
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