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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Cloyed clagged: cumbered
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  • Camille Paglia
    “Minerva save us from the cloying syrup of coercive compassion!”
  • John Keats
    “I equally dislike the favor of the public with the love of a woman -- they are both a cloying treacle to the wings of independence.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety. Other women cloy the appetites they feed, but she makes hungry where most she satisfies.”
  • Nathaniel Cotton
    Nathaniel Cotton
    “Mental pleasure are never cloy; unlike those of the body, they are increased by repetition, approved by reflection, and strengthened by enjoyment.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “The most delightful pleasures cloy without variety.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. clouer, to drive a nail into, to spike or stop, as a gun, from L. clavus, a nail.


In literature:

Most times, either the husks run short, or he gets cloyed with them.
"The Maidens' Lodge" by Emily Sarah Holt
No flowing waves with drowned ships forth-poured By cloyed Charybdis, and again devoured.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
After the material banquet had cloyed the hungry edge of appetite, began the feast of reason and the flow of soul.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858" by Various
It is mildly acid, and has an extreme delicacy of flavour without being luscious or cloying.
"James Braithwaite, the Supercargo" by W.H.G. Kingston
And root from out the soul the deadly weed which cloys?
"The Works of Lord Byron, Volume 2" by George Gordon Byron
This method can be promptly used, provided the pupil does not attempt to engorge or cloy his mind by undertaking too much at a time at first.
"Assimilative Memory" by Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
Other women cloy The appetite they feed.
"Sketches of the Fair Sex, in All Parts of the World" by Anonymous
But it is easy to overdo the plummy tone, which is apt to become cloying.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 147, August 12, 1914" by Various
And now I cloy me with beholding it.
"Characteristics of Women" by Anna Jameson
With it came also the cloying taste of limestone in a worker's mouth.
"Monkey On His Back" by Charles V. De Vet
She was as beautiful as a garden rose is, needing no defense, no ramparts of cloying phrases.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
She had drunk sweetness, but there had been a tang of something in the cup that cloyed the palate and sickened the soul.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
He had been cloyed with the pleasures of ambition before he had been seasoned to its pains.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
McLaughlin; Knowles, Cloyes & Co.; Thomson & Taylor; H.F. Griswold; G.M.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
The smells of the spices were cloying, dizzying.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
A cloying fragrance saluted his nostrils.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
All the morning papers reported the Wycherlys' house-warming with cloying detail.
"The Streets of Ascalon" by Robert W. Chambers
They felt that indulgence, however grateful, is apt to cloy, even under the elm-tree, and the red rampant lion.
"Tales from Blackwood" by Various
Worn out by the long marches and the cloying sand through which they had toiled, the army soon slept profoundly.
"Joscelyn Cheshire" by Sara Beaumont Kennedy
They are both a cloying treacle to the wings of Independence.
"Letters of John Keats to His Family and Friends" by John Keats

In poetry:

Why should we fear, youth's draught of joy
If pure would sparkle less?
Why should the cup the sooner cloy,
Which God hath deigned to bless?
"Second Sunday After Epiphany" by John Keble
'Tis not with glad fruition crown'd,
We always feel our greatest joy;
For pleasure often dwells around
The heart that hopes, and knows no cloy.
"Man And His Pleasures" by Thomas Frederick Young
I know the garden-close of sin,
The cloying fruits, the noxious flowers,
I long have roamed the walks and bowers,
Desiring what no man shall win:
"The Garden of Sin" by Robert Fuller Murray
II. Till surfeit drove him from the feast,
And, pleasure-cloy'd, the tiny rover
Fled his idol rose's breast,
O'er the harp's still chords to hover.
"The Musical Fly" by Sydney Owenson
For why should lingering thought invade,
Yet every worldly prospect cloy?
Lend me, soft Sloth! thy friendly aid,
And give me peace, debarr'd of joy.
"Ode to Indolence" by William Shenstone
Gold Pleasure buys; But Pleasure dies,
Too soon the gross fruition cloys;
Though raptures court, The sense is short:
But Virtue kindles living joys,-
"Ocean: An Ode. Concluding With A Wish." by Edward Young

In news:

In the olden, golden days, my Pop and I used to listen to Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion" public radio show together before it got a bit too cloying.
Sure, you could dismiss the festive genre as a cloying mix of schmaltzy lyrics, tired references to comically named reindeer, and saccharine sentiments about returning to one's place of origin.
Non-cloying sweetness, spicy floral, almost orange peel citrus notes makes it a good substitute for Curacao or other orange liqueurs .
Here settles in perfectly as a follow-up, leading with the downbeat whoop and harmony of "Man on Fire" and cloyingly catchy "That's What's Up".
Without being cloyingly sweet, it is a really tasty way to begin or end any evening, Seder or otherwise.
At its worst, the rice flavor is lost to cloying sweetness, condensed dairy, and a pasty, leaden consistency.
Twelfth Night can be a welcome antidote to more standard, cloying, moralistic Christmas repertoire.
Twelfth Night can be a welcome antidote to more standard, cloying, moralistic Christmas repertoire.
Japanese sweet potatoes are an alternative to the cloying charms of the average yellow-fleshed type.
Robert Downey Sr.—underground guru of the tasteless, blender of the aggressively outrageous and the cloyingly cute—directed this 1972 feature about a zoot-suited Christ on a pilgrimage to Hollywood.
Depending on their origin and time of harvest, Rieslings vary from dry to very sweet, but are prized for being well-balanced, not cloying.
But the songs are so marred by the singer's effete, cloying vocals as to render all of them virtually unlistenable.
Gifted actors wasted on cloying, convoluted play.
Japanese sweet potato es are an alternative to the cloying charms of the average yellow-fleshed type.
Many store-bought orgeat syrups are filled with cloying artificial sweeteners.

In science:

Like it or not, we are destined to live in an era of cloying and lame acronyms. A second recurring theme, not unrelated to the first, has been that of the “exclusion” diagram.
Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals - Conference Summary