astringency astringency


  1. (n) a sharp astringent taste; the taste experience when a substance causes the mouth to pucker
  2. (n) the ability to contract or draw together soft body tissues to check blood flow or restrict secretion of fluids



  1. In the chronology of the English comedy of manners, Anglo-Irish Dion Boucicault flounders between the astringency of Sheridan and the epigrams of Wilde.
  2. Kinsley is correct to say we need leaders brave enough to practice astringency, telling people what they don't want to hear.
  3. She gives each gesture the perfect size and commands every nuance; John Madden has directed with proper astringency.


  • CUESA Farm Tours: Viewing the Small Farmer in His Natural Habitat

    The fresh asparagus stalk was sweet, tender, and mild as spinach, with just a hint of the vegetable's usual astringency. It was the best I'd ever tasted, though its flavor was certainly enhanced by where I was standing: in a field of asparagus 12 feet below sea level, on an island in the middle o...
    on April 30, 2014     Source: SF Weekly

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