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Adust

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Adu'st. adj. [adustus, Lat.]

  1. Burnt up; hot as with fire; scorched.

    By this means, the virtual heat of the water will enter; and such a heat as will not make the body adust, or fragile. Bacon.

                    Which with torrid heat,
    And vapours as the Libyan air adust,
    Began to parch that temperate clime.
    Milton's Par. Lost.

  2. It is generally now applied, in a medicinal or philosophical sense, to the complexion and humours of the body.

    Such humours are adust, as, by long heat, become of a hot and fiery nature, as choler, and the like. Quincy.

    To ease the soul of one oppressive weight,
    This quits an empire, that embroils a state.
    The same adust complexion has impell'd
    Charles to the convent, Philip to the field.
    Pope.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Quincy, John (60)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Adust." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: January 25, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=15458.


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