Definition of adust in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈdʌst/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


1Scorched; burnt.
2Gloomy; melancholic.
Example sentences
  • His intemperate anger, as a hot passion, heats the choler in his system which ‘becommeth blacke […] dries up and burnes ’, fostering the creation of adust melancholy.
  • The last two, he says, are particularly dangerous because they cause the humors to turn inward and become adust.


Late Middle English: from French aduste or Latin adustus 'burnt', from adurere, from ad 'to' (as an intensifier) + urere 'to burn'.

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