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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.]
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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]
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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]
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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"
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References in classic literature ?
But if it be stopped, and cannot have his way, it becometh adust, and thereby malign and venomous.
All adust and athirst, the two entered the wine-shop.
Forthwith from Councel to the work they flew, None arguing stood, innumerable hands Were ready, in a moment up they turnd Wide the Celestial soile, and saw beneath Th' originals of Nature in thir crude Conception; Sulphurous and Nitrous Foame They found, they mingl'd, and with suttle Art, Concocted and adusted they reduc'd To blackest grain, and into store conveyd: Part hidd'n veins diggd up (nor hath this Earth Entrails unlike) of Mineral and Stone, Whereof to found thir Engins and thir Balls Of missive ruin; part incentive reed Provide, pernicious with one touch to fire.
They will have to make those adjustments and we don't want them to adust in the real game itself."
In this regard, Ficino establishes a crucial distinction between the natural, shiny, and unburned kind of melancholy, and 'adust' melancholy, the kind which causes mania:
Celebrating the bandas 40th anniversary in 2013, the band Kansas has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums, a platinum live album and the iconic hit aDust in the Wind.a The band continues to tour and remain a fixture of Classic Rock radio.
ADUST UP with a dinosaur was all in a day's work yesterday for Tyneside's Jo Anderson.
ADust it in flour, then beaten egg and then breadcrumbs before frying.
Small travellers are particularly well catered for, thanks to a pair of dual-stage integrated child booster seats that adust quickly to suit the size of any child.