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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-strin-juh nt]
    • /əˈstrɪn dʒənt/
    • /əˈstrɪn.dʒənt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-strin-juh nt]
    • /əˈstrɪn dʒənt/

Definitions of astringent word

  • countable noun astringent An astringent is a liquid that you put on your skin to make it less oily or to make cuts stop bleeding. 3
  • countable noun astringent Astringent is also an adjective. 3
  • graded adjective astringent Astringent means forceful and critical. 3
  • graded adjective astringent If something has an astringent taste, it is sharp or bitter. 3
  • adjective astringent severe; harsh 3
  • adjective astringent sharp or invigorating 3

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Origin of astringent

First appearance:

before 1535
One of the 29% oldest English words
1535-45; < Latin astringent- (stem of astringēns) present participle of astringere to astringe; see -ent

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Parts of speech for Astringent


astringent popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 89% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

astringent usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for astringent

adj astringent

  • sharp — having a thin cutting edge or a fine point; well-adapted for cutting or piercing: a sharp knife.
  • tonic — a medicine that invigorates or strengthens: a tonic of sulphur and molasses.
  • cutting — A cutting is a piece of writing which has been cut from a newspaper or magazine.
  • bitter — In a bitter argument or conflict, people argue very angrily or fight very fiercely.
  • acetic — of, containing, producing, or derived from acetic acid or vinegar

adjective astringent

  • harsh — ungentle and unpleasant in action or effect: harsh treatment; harsh manners.
  • severe — harsh; unnecessarily extreme: severe criticism; severe laws.
  • caustic — Caustic chemical substances are very powerful and can dissolve other substances.
  • acerbic — sour in taste
  • mordant — sharply caustic or sarcastic, as wit or a speaker; biting.

noun astringent

  • toner — a person or thing that tones.

Antonyms for astringent

adj astringent

  • kind — of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
  • pleasant — pleasing, agreeable, or enjoyable; giving pleasure: pleasant news.
  • mild — amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others.
  • nice — pleasing; agreeable; delightful: a nice visit.
  • bland — If you describe someone or something as bland, you mean that they are rather dull and unexciting.

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