astringent astringent  /ə ˈstrɪn dʒənt/


  1. (n) a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
  2. (adj) sour or bitter in taste
  3. (adj) tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue


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  1. Far from a warhorse, the show today looks surprisingly fresh, astringent, meaty and convention-defying.
  2. Though his perpetual jadedness can be infuriating, it's an astringent alternative to government press releases and the network news.
  3. But every once in a while he hits it on the nose, as in this astringent tale of the assorted entanglements of two working-class couples.


  • Gather spruce tips while you may.

    For several years the spruce tip oil served at one of my favorite restaurants has had me in thrall. This vivid green liquid is drizzled across a mélange of grains and roasted vegetables and has astringent, slightly resinous flavor.
    on July 7, 2013     Source: Bangor Daily News

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