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imbrue

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v imbrue permeate or impregnate "The war drenched the country in blood"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Imbrue To wet or moisten; to soak; to drench, especially in blood. "While Darwen stream, will blood of Scots imbrued ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • imbrue To wet or moisten; soak; drench in a fluid, now especially in blood; bedabble.
    • imbrue To soak into, as a fluid, especially blood.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Imbrue im-brōō′ to wet or moisten: to soak: to drench
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OF. embruer, also embruver, embreuver, embrever, to give to drink, soak (see pref. En-, 1, 1st In-, and Breverage), but also OE. enbrewen, enbrowen, to stain, soil (cf. Brewis)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. embruerbevre (Fr. boire)—L. bibĕre, to drink.

Usage

In literature:

That city thou canst never storm, but first Shall fall, thou and thy brother, blood-imbrued.
"The Oedipus Trilogy" by Sophocles
He was a bold, turbulent spirit; and, from motives of revenge, he imbrued his hands in the blood of all the whites he could meet.
"Clotelle" by William Wells Brown
It may be doubtful whether the soldiers imbrued their hands in the blood of this innocent prince.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 1" by Edward Gibbon
A highly popular murder had been committed, and Mr. Wopsle was imbrued in blood to the eyebrows.
"Great Expectations" by Charles Dickens
He dared not accede to a motion, by which we were to continue for seven years to imbrue our hands in innocent blood.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
The strife seemed who should get there first, and imbrue his hands in blood.
"Personal Memoirs Of A Residence Of Thirty Years With The Indian Tribes On The American Frontiers" by Henry Rowe Schoolcraft
He thought to imbrue his hands with your heart's blood.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
Embrew, xi, 36, imbrue, drench.
"Spenser's The Faerie Queene, Book I" by Edmund Spenser
With wicked words and blood-imbrued hands he cast the body on the fire.
"The Lancashire Witches" by William Harrison Ainsworth
I would sooner imbrue my hands in his blood, than that you should!
"Eveline Mandeville" by Alvin Addison
Father,' added she solemnly, 'imbrue your hands in the blood of one man to-night, and I am no child of yours.
"Chambers's Edinburgh Journal, No. 429" by Various
The hands of his brethren were imbrued in their blood.
"Notable Women of Olden Time" by Anonymous
War was war, no doubt; and women must mourn at home while men imbrued themselves in the gallant strife.
"The Mayor of Troy" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Had this wretch torn it from her head, as he imbrued his hands in her blood on that terrible night?
"Captain Canot" by Brantz Mayer
Well for you that your hands are not imbrued in his gore.
"The Squire's Daughter" by Archibald Marshall
But you love justice, and you would shudder at the thought of imbruing your hands with innocent blood.
"The Sword of Honor, volumes 1 & 2" by Eugène Sue
But could he imbrue his hand in the blood of his rival and then present it for acceptance?
"The Cavaliers of Virginia, vol. 1 of 2" by William A. Caruthers
Both were to imbrue fraternal hands in the blood of each other.
"With Fire and Sword" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Let a Catholic understand that if he imbrues his hands in his brother's blood, he can have no extreme unction.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 2 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Lectures" by Robert G. Ingersoll
It resembles the "subtle hole" where Bassianus lay imbrued "all of a heap like a slaughtered lamb.
"The Jenolan Caves" by Samuel Cook
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In poetry:

Warriors who the world o'ercame
Were in brother's blood imbrued;
While the saints of purer fame,
Greater far themselves subdued.
"The True Heroes : Or, The Noble Army Of Martyrs" by Hannah More
O sad reverse! -- Sunk on the ground;
His slaughter'd son he view'd;
And dying Birtha, close he found,
In brother's blood imbrued.
"Sir Eldred Of The Bower : A Legendary Tale: In Two Parts" by Hannah More
Pink pueblos line the plaza
littered with a motley crew
fronts the waning fall fiesta
as the sunset clouds imbrue
the skyline streaming blood
and rue.
"Jemez: Today" by Norman MacLeod
For couch'd in the midst of the glade
An enormous fierce Lion he view'd;
His eye-balls shot flame thro' the shade,
And with gore his vast jaw was imbru'd.
"The Lion" by William Hayley
They ripped and they hewed and they, sweating imbrued,
Volleyed and bellowed and thundered;
There was nothing to do until these yawpers got through,
So the rest of us waited and wondered.
"The Blue And Gray" by Eugene Field
"Quick! tell me his name whom thou gavest that same,
Ere these hands in thy blood I imbrue!"
"Nay, dearest," she cried, as she clung to his side,
"I'm innocent as that Emeu!"
"Adieu!"
He replied, "Miss M. H. Fortescue!"
"The Ballad Of The Emeu" by Francis Bret Harte