One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the lotion has a mildly astringent effect on open pores’
constricting, contracting, constrictive, constringent, styptic
2‘her godmother's astringent words had the desired effect’
severe, sharp, stern, harsh, rough, acerbic, austere, caustic, mordant, trenchant
sarcastic, sardonic, scathing, cutting, incisive, penetrating, piercing, stinging, searing
wounding, hurtful, unkind, cruel, spiteful, waspish, poisonous, vicious
North American acerb
informal bitchy, catty
British informal sarky
North American informal snarky
rare acidulous, mordacious
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