a green, aromatic liqueur that is 68 percent alcohol, is made with and other herbs, and has a bitter, licorice flavor: now banned in most Western countries.
a potent green alcoholic drink, technically a gin, originally having high wormwood content
another name for wormwood (sense 1)
also absinth, alcoholic liqueur distilled from wine mixed with wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium), 1842, from French absinthe, “essence of wormwood,” from Latin absinthum “wormwood,” from Greek apsinthion, perhaps from Persian (cf. Persian aspand, of the same meaning). The plant so called in English from c.1500 (Old English used the word in the Latin form).
noun (pathol) a diseased condition resulting from excessive drinking of absinthe
adverb absolutely; also called absotively (posilutely) Examples abso-bloody-lutely sure about jumping out of the airplane Word Origin Australian Usage Note emphatic tmesis form; colloquial modifier Absolutely: He absobloody-lutely wanted to see her again
- Absit omen
uknown may the presentiment not become real or take place Historical Examples There is a strong undercurrent of labour trade, which gives it a kind of Uncle Tom flavour, absit omen! Vailima Letters Robert Louis Stevenson I am well (absit omen) and interested in what I am in—and I embrace you all. The Letters of […]
absol. absolute absolutely