These protagonists want something just out of reach, and end up being the unintentional authors of their own astringent tragedies.
And yet, there was always an astringent, bleakly humorous honesty to the man.
astringent fomentations; as an infusion of oak-bark, or a slight solution of alum.
The wood is of an astringent nature, and if put into vinegar makes it stronger.
Its present use is that of an astringent, tonic, and alterative, and also that of an expectorant.
As this is an astringent, the doses must be proportioned accordingly, and the mixture is wholesome only while it remains sweet.
Styptic, stip′tik, adj. drawing together: astringent: that stops bleeding.
After the harsh, astringent drug, the flavour was soothing and gratifying.
Imported grafted stock will take from our soil those elements which make an astringent, tough, insipid nut.
When the skin is pale, lax, and wrinkled, astringent washes may be used.
astringent as·trin·gent (ə-strĭn'jənt)
Causing contraction of tissues, arrest of secretion, or control of bleeding. n.
A substance or preparation, such as alum, that draws together or constricts body tissues and is effective in stopping the flow of blood or other secretions.