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Tincture (noun)

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Ti'ncture. n.s. [teinture, Fr. tinctura from tinctus, Lat.]

  1. Colour or taste superadded by something.

    The sight must be sweetly deceived by an insensible passage from bright colours to dimmer, which Italian artizans call the middle tinctures. Wotton's Architecture.

    Hence the morning planet gilds her horn,
    By tincture or reflection they augment
    Their small peculiar.
    Milton.

    'Tis the fate of princes that no knowledge
    Come pure to them, but passing through the eyes
    And ears of other men, it takes a tincture
    From every channel.
    Denham.

    That beloved thing engrosses him, and, like a coloured glass before his eyes, casts its own colour and tincture upon all the images of things. South.

    To begin the practice of an art with a light tincture of the rules, is to expose ourselves to the scorn of those who are judges. Dryden.

    Malignant tempers, whatever kind of life they are engaged in, will discover their natural tincture of mind. Addis.

    Few in the next generation who will not write and read, and have an early tincture of religion. Addison.

    Sire of her joy and source of her delight;
    O! wing'd with pleasure take thy happy flight,
    And give each future morn a tincture of thy white.
     
     
    Prior.

    All manners take a tincture from our own,
    Or some discolour'd through our passions shown.
    Pope.

    have a care lest some darling science so far prevail over your mind, as to give a sovereign tincture to all your other studies, and discolour all your ideas. Watts.

  2. Extract of some drug made in spirits; an infusion.

    In tinctures drawn from vegetables, the superfluous spirit of wine distilled off leaves the extract of the vegetable. Boyle.

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Boyle, Robert (84) · Denham, John (75) · Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Prior, Matthew (162) · South, Robert (158) · Watts, Isaac (117) · Wotton, Henry (48)

Attributes: French (385) · Latin (690) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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