astringent

You know that vinegar-like liquid teens put on their faces in order to tighten their pores and dry up their pimples? That's astringent. An astringent personality, on the other hand, is perceived as bitter and perhaps even a bit toxic.

Astringent may be a lifesaver for an acne-prone teen, but when the term is used as an adjective and applied to you personally, it's less positive. Since astringents are acid-based, an astringent personality can also be corrosive. If someone is prone to biting sarcasm and cynicism, he probably has an astringent view of the world.

Primary Meanings of astringent

1.
adjn
tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue
a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals
2.
adj
sour or bitter in taste
Full Definitions of astringent
1

adj tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue

astringent cosmetic lotions”
Synonyms:
hemostatic, styptic
tending to check bleeding by contracting the tissues or blood vessels
Antonyms:
nonastringent
not astringent

n a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals

Synonyms:
astringent drug, styptic
Types:
alum
a double sulphate of aluminum and potassium that is used as an astringent (among other things)
Type of:
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine
(medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
2

adj sour or bitter in taste

Synonyms:
acerb, acerbic
sour
having a sharp biting taste

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