Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Merriam-Webster Word of the Day - Tincture


WORD OF THE DAY
January 30, 2018
 
 
 
 
 
tincture Audio pronunciation
 
noun | TINK-cher  
 
Definition
 
:
a solution of a medicinal substance in an alcoholic solvent
 
2
:
a characteristic quality : cast
 

:
a slight admixture : trace
 
:
:
a heraldic metal, color, or fur
 
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Did You Know?
 
Tincture derives from the same root as tint and tinge—the Latin verb tingere, meaning "to moisten or dip." Tincture specifically derives via Middle English from the Latin tinctus, the past participle of tingere. When the word first appeared in English in the 14th century, tincture referred to a coloring matter or dye, but by the 17th century the word had acquired a number of additional meanings, including "a slight infusion or trace of something." Tinge and shade are two other words referring to color that can be used the same way. Tincture can also refer, among other things, to the colors used in a coat of arms or an herbal or medicinal solution.
 
 
Examples of TINCTURE
 
"You can find turmeric in powder culinary spice form and in its whole root form, as well as in tincture, tablets, and capsules."
Aly Walansky, PopSugar, 21 Dec. 2017
 
"Yet, while there is nothing Roth despises more than the cheap turn of 'consolation'—the moments in a play or a book where everyone discovers love and feels better—the real arc of Roth's career, as he presents it here, has a tincture of hope."
Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2017
 
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