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English definition of “astringent”

astringent

adjective (SEVERE)    /əˈstrɪn.dʒənt/
describes remarks that are clever but unkind or criticize someone: astringent criticism her astringent witCritical and uncomplimentary astringently     /-li/ adverb Critical and uncomplimentary astringency     /-dʒən.si/ noun [U] Critical and uncomplimentary
(Definition of astringent adjective (SEVERE) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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