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adj. Archaic
1. Burned; scorched: "The brandished sword of God before them blazed ... with torrid heat, and vapor as the Libyan air adust" (John Milton).
2. Sunburned.
3. Melancholy in appearance or temperament; gloomy.

[Middle English, from Latin adustus, past participle of adūrere, to set fire to : ad-, ad- + ūrere, to burn.]


1. dried up or darkened by heat; burnt or scorched
2. gloomy or melancholy
[C14: (in the sense: gloomy): from Latin adūstus, from adūrere to set fire to, from ūrere to burn]



1. dried or darkened as by heat.
2. burned; scorched.
3. Archaic. gloomy in appearance or mood.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Latin adustus, past participle of adūrere=ad- ad- + ūrere to burn]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.adust - dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlightadust - dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; "a vast desert all adust"; "land lying baked in the heat"; "parched soil"; "the earth was scorched and bare"; "sunbaked salt flats"
dry - free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet; "dry land"; "dry clothes"; "a dry climate"; "dry splintery boards"; "a dry river bed"; "the paint is dry"
2.adust - burned brown by the sunadust - burned brown by the sun; "of an adust complexion"- Sir Walter Scott
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
brunet, brunette - marked by dark or relatively dark pigmentation of hair or skin or eyes; "a brunette beauty"
References in classic literature ?
All adust and athirst, the two entered the wine-shop.
High in Front advanc't, The brandisht Sword of God before them blaz'd Fierce as a Comet; which with torrid heat, And vapour as the LIBYAN Air adust, Began to parch that temperate Clime; whereat In either hand the hastning Angel caught Our lingring Parents, and to th' Eastern Gate Let them direct, and down the Cliff as fast To the subjected Plaine; then disappeer'd.
But if it be stopped, and cannot have his way, it becometh adust, and thereby malign and venomous.