Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “astringent”

astringent

noun [C] uk   /əˈstrɪn.dʒənt/ us  
a drug or cream that causes the skin or other tissue to tighten: You can use an astringent to make your skin less oily.

astringent

adjective uk   /əˈstrɪn.dʒənt/ us  

astringent adjective (MEDICINE)

describes a substance that acts as an astringent: an astringent cream

astringent adjective (SEVERE)

describes remarks that are clever but unkind or criticize someone: astringent criticism her astringent wit
astringently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
astringency
noun [U] uk   /-dʒən.si/ us  
(Definition of astringent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of astringent?
Browse related topics

You are looking at an entry to do with Critical & uncomplimentary, but you might be interested in these topics from the Expressing opposition & disapproval topic area:

Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Translations of “astringent”

Word of the Day

dawn on sb

If a fact dawns on you, you understand it after a period of not understanding it.

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More