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Tincture (verb)

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To Ti'ncture. v.a. [from the noun.]

  1. To imbue or impregnate with some colour or taste.

    The bright sun compacts the precious stone,
    Imparting radiant lustre like his own:
    He tinctures rubies with their rosy hue,
    And on the saphire spreads a heavenly blue.
    Blackmore.

    A little black paint will tincture and spoil twenty gay colours. Watts.

  2. To imbue the mind.

    Early were our minds tinctured with a distinguishing sense of good and evil; early were the seeds of a divine love, and holy fear of offending, sown in our hearts. Atterbury.

Sources: Atterbury, Francis (75) · Blackmore, Richard (24) · Watts, Isaac (117)

Attributes: Verb Active (289)

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