Pharmacology. a solution of alcohol or of alcohol and water, containing animal, vegetable, or chemical drugs.
a slight infusion, as of some element or quality: A tincture of education had softened his rude manners.
a trace; a smack or smattering; tinge: a tincture of irony.
Heraldry. any of the colors, metals, or furs used for the fields, charges, etc., of an escutcheon or achievement of arms.
a dye or pigment.
verb (used with object), tinctured, tincturing.
to impart a tint or color to; tinge.
to imbue or infuse with something.

1350–1400; Middle English: dye < Latin tīnctūra dyeing. See tinct, -ure

pretincture, noun
untinctured, adjective
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tincture (ˈtɪŋktʃə)
1.  pharmacol a medicinal extract in a solution of alcohol
2.  a tint, colour, or tinge
3.  a slight flavour, aroma, or trace
4.  any one of the colours or either of the metals used on heraldic arms
5.  obsolete a dye or pigment
6.  (tr) to give a tint or colour to
[C14: from Latin tinctūra a dyeing, from tingere to dye]

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Word Origin & History

1400, from L. tinctura "act of dyeing or tingeing," from tinctus "dye," pp. of tingere "to tinge, dye, moisten, soak," from PIE base *teng- "to soak" (cf. O.H.G. dunkon "to soak," Gk. tengein "to moisten"). Meaning "solution of medicine in a mixture of alcohol" is first recorded 1646. The verb is recorded
from 1616.
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tincture tinc·ture (tĭngk'chər)

  1. A coloring or dyeing substance.

  2. Abbr. tinct, tr An alcohol solution of a nonvolatile medicine.

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Example sentences
Truth, however, needs a tincture of surprise to be entertaining.
Economics is their tincture for nearly every ill: create mini-markets for
  everything and watch our problems evaporate.
His only hands-on job is to pour the liquid tincture that gives the works their
And if all else failed, there was always tincture of jaborandi.
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