One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1mass noun A potent green aniseed-flavoured alcoholic spirit, made with the shrub wormwood.
- ‘Drinking absinthe supposedly made people murderous; that claim has been thoroughly disproved and it is now legal in Canada.’
- ‘But the reality was that absinthe usually dulled artistic creativity rather than enhanced it.’
- ‘One of my classmates procured an excellent bottle of sweet Champagne, and after two or three glasses of this, I downed a double shot of absinth.’
- ‘Kerrie admitted having drunk two shots of absinthe, a shot of vodka and a can of Stella Artois lager on the night in question.’
- ‘The mint-green of Aberline's absinthe shows up in the color of the lanterns on the Ripper's carriage, among other touches.’
- ‘Eventually, one evening, while sitting in the town's Café de la Gare, Van Gogh hurled a full glass of absinthe at Gauguin before breaking down and being carried home to bed.’
- ‘This substance is used in the drink absinth which is renowned for its potentially hallucinogenic qualities.’
- ‘Lesser quality absinthe was made by adding plant extracts to lower grade alcohol.’
- ‘If you send me absinthe I will write a song for you.’
- ‘Last night I bought a bottle of absinthe that is 89.9% It has some extreme warnings on it!’
- ‘Sadly, that too has disappeared from Montmartre as absinthe is still illegal in France, and public drunkenness on the scale of Lautrec's is no more.’
- ‘A French friend has given me a bottle of absinthe, with what looks like a flattened tea-strainer attached.’
- ‘But no one, not even the manufacturers, claim that this new French product is actual absinthe.’
- ‘Oddly absinthe was never banned in the UK, though that fact was glossed over when absinthe was relaunched in Britain in December 1998.’
- ‘There is no absinth like Czech absinth they say.’
- ‘To help fuel this weekend marathon the museum offered special guided tours throughout the night and served absinthe in the cafe.’
- ‘Jack quickly doused the cubes with some water and then waited until they dissolved and flowed into the absinth.’
2another term for wormwood (sense 1)
Late Middle English: from French absinthe, via Latin from Greek apsinthion ‘wormwood’.
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