- 2Cloying sentimentality or flattery: enough of this treacle—let’s get back to businessMore example sentences
- All this loss - of innocence, of dearly loved creatures - and yet, there is not a word of sentimentality or taste of treacle.
- In such a time, his greatest mistake is not sweetening his logic with sentimental treacle.
- Without any sentimental treacle, I cried all the way through.
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- Once these were distilled from molasses, which left a black treacly taste simmering underneath the juniper and other botanicals.
- Unrefined brown sugars (light or dark muscovado) taste fudgy and treacly and are perfect for toffee-like sauces.
- Everything for 20 yards was treacly with gritty black fat.
Middle English (originally denoting an antidote against venom): from Old French triacle, via Latin from Greek thēriakē 'antidote against venom', feminine of thēriakos (adjective), from thērion 'wild beast'. The sense 'molasses' dates from the late 17th century; 'sentimentality' arose in the late 18th century.
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