Adjective "Astringent" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Causing the contraction of skin cells and other body tissues.
  1. 'Tomatoes, which are astringent and acidic, assist in the digestion of dairy products and help counterbalance the greasy quality of the fatty, over-salted cheese.'
  2. 'The cooked or steamed fruit loses its laxative activity and becomes more astringent and constipating.'
  3. 'Many beneficial properties have been assigned to the mango, such as its antiscorbutic, diuretic, laxative and astringent effects.'
  4. 'It has a bracing, fresh smell, is an all-natural essential oil, and it has astringent / antiseptic properties which will kill off bacteria.'
  5. 'Witch hazel contains astringent tannins that dry up the fluid-filled skin and relieve pain by increasing circulation.'
  6. 'If your skin is oily, use a more astringent witch hazel-based toner.'
  7. 'Putting cool compresses soaked in an astringent liquid on the blisters and sores might also make them hurt or itch less.'
  8. 'Tannins are astringent substances found in the seeds, skin and stems of grapes.'
  9. 'To clear up blemishes, dab an astringent facial toner on acne spots.'
  10. 'It was included, because of its astringent qualities, in skin tonics, and became a principal ingredient in shampoos and hair rinses.'
Sharp or severe in manner or style.
  1. 'For its time, the sound is fairly astringent - like Mahler in a sullen mood.'
  2. 'Weill's brief overture is wonderfully astringent and dissonant, the precise opposite of the florid, creamy style of the composer often regarded as his chief competitor, George Gershwin.'
  3. 'I see it as more sardonic and astringent, in the manner of Prokofiev.'
  4. 'The harmonies become slightly more astringent, and one hears a new fascination with cross-rhythms and syncopation.'
  5. 'Comparative work has been promoted by the Canadian historian Donald Akenson, providing an astringent critique of some of the clichés of Irish immigrant historiography.'
  6. 'But he is also capable of terse, astringent judgments and an incisive turn of phrase.'
  7. 'His recitative is more expressive, varying from something quite melodious to a fast-moving narration, in which individual words and phrases are expressed by astringent harmonies.'
  8. 'The final chapter is nicely astringent and melancholic.'
  9. 'It's not saying anything against them to assert that there is also a tough, astringent view of life that should be given its due.'
  10. 'Back inside, I find mother cooking, juicing lemons and chopping coriander, which has filled the kitchen with its slightly astringent smell.'
  11. 'The tannins in a wine come from skins, seeds, and stems, and when those parts are still green at picking time, the wine can be rough and astringent.'
  12. 'Taste is actually a very direct way of experiencing the pharmacology of a plant - certain strong alkaloids taste bitter, volatile oils have an aromatic taste, certain plant acids have a sour of astringent taste.'
  13. 'If you find sage's pungent and astringent taste too strong, mix it with some cooling mint, lemon balm, or lemon juice.'
  14. 'Green tomatoes tend to be astringent and in the South are most often fried in cornmeal and served with a tangy dip.'
  15. 'Focus on spicy, bitter and astringent tastes, and reduce sweet, salty and sour-tasting foods.'
  16. 'Young red wines may also contain excessive quantities of tannins, which taste bitter and astringent unless allowed to polymerize during extended bottle ageing.'
  17. 'Buttermilk is an assortment of three tastes - sweet, sour and astringent.'
  18. 'Prior to processing, cocoa has a rather astringent taste.'
  19. 'At first we protested vigorously, but when we had grown accustomed to the astringent flavour of the fruit, we were glad to take our share.'
  20. 'A bitter, astringent scent like hospital antiseptic is in the air.'


An astringent lotion applied to the skin to reduce bleeding from minor abrasions or as a cosmetic to make the skin less oily.
  1. 'They have been used since ancient times as anaesthetics, analgesics, anti-allergens, anti-carcinogens, antiseptics, antibiotics, antispasmodics and astringents.'
  2. 'The alcohol will remove excess oils, the witch hazel will tighten skin and close the pores, and the juice will act as a healing astringent and exfoliant.'
  3. 'Witch hazel is a cooling astringent, and vegetable glycerin moisturizes your skin.'
  4. 'Hawthorn berry and flower, for example, are considered excellent cardiac tonics, diuretics and astringents.'
  5. 'Polyphenols - phytochemicals that act like astringents - are major sources of antioxidants in apples.'
  6. 'Unlike the above circulatory herbs, horse chestnut is an astringent.'
  7. 'Also, avoid using astringents containing alcohol on anywhere but the most oily patches of skin.'
  8. 'Rosewood and grapefruit are both mild astringents and will improve the colour and texture of the skin.'
  9. 'Black tea contains tannin, an astringent that can help relieve pain.'
  10. 'Fruits like Granny Smith apples and grapefruit act as astringents and help cut down on excessive cravings.'


1. Medicine/Medical. contracting; constrictive; styptic.

2. harshly biting; caustic: his astringent criticism.

3. stern or severe; austere.

4. sharply incisive; pungent: astringent wit. noun

5. Medicine/Medical. a substance that contracts the tissues or canals of the body, thereby diminishing discharges, as of mucus or blood.

6. a cosmetic that cleans the skin and constricts the pores.

More examples(as adjective)

"bakers can be astringent as critics."

"lotions can be astringent."

"effects can be astringent."

"words can be astringent."

"wits can be astringent."

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Mid 16th century: from French, from Latin astringent- ‘pulling tight’, from the verb astringere, from ad- ‘towards’ + stringere ‘bind, pull tight’.