Definition of treacle in English:

treacle

Line breaks: trea¦cle
Pronunciation: /ˈtriːk(ə)l
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1British A thick, sticky dark syrup made from partly refined sugar; molasses.
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  • An innovation confined mainly to Britain was treacle or molasses from sugar cane.
  • Mix together the egg, 125g muscovado sugar, treacle, buttermilk and remaining butter until smooth.
  • Well, a rum baba and a treacle tart were atypically heavy.
1.1Syrup of a golden-yellow colour; golden syrup.
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  • A treacle sponge was a throwback to the days when Golden Syrup was a treat.
2Cloying sentimentality or flattery: enough of this treacle—let’s get back to business
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  • 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.

Origin

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'. Current senses date from the late 17th century.

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