One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A potent green aniseed-flavored alcoholic spirit, made with the shrub wormwood.
- ‘There is no absinth like Czech absinth they say.’
- ‘This substance is used in the drink absinth which is renowned for its potentially hallucinogenic qualities.’
- ‘Last night I bought a bottle of absinthe that is 89.9% It has some extreme warnings on it!’
- ‘If you send me absinthe I will write a song for you.’
- ‘Oddly absinthe was never banned in the UK, though that fact was glossed over when absinthe was relaunched in Britain in December 1998.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Lesser quality absinthe was made by adding plant extracts to lower grade alcohol.’
- ‘Drinking absinthe supposedly made people murderous; that claim has been thoroughly disproved and it is now legal in Canada.’
- ‘A French friend has given me a bottle of absinthe, with what looks like a flattened tea-strainer attached.’
- ‘Jack quickly doused the cubes with some water and then waited until they dissolved and flowed into the absinth.’
- ‘The mint-green of Aberline's absinthe shows up in the color of the lanterns on the Ripper's carriage, among other touches.’
- ‘Kerrie admitted having drunk two shots of absinthe, a shot of vodka and a can of Stella Artois lager on the night in question.’
- ‘To help fuel this weekend marathon the museum offered special guided tours throughout the night and served absinthe in the cafe.’
- ‘But no one, not even the manufacturers, claim that this new French product is actual absinthe.’
- ‘But the reality was that absinthe usually dulled artistic creativity rather than enhanced 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.’
2another term for wormwood (sense 1)
Late Middle English: from French absinthe, via Latin from Greek apsinthion ‘wormwood’.
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