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Multiple Meanings
astringent — as in:  treat with an astringent

I use an astringent where my skin is oily.
a drug that causes contraction of body tissues — especially topically
astringent — as in:  astringent taste

The apple wasn’t ripe, so it had a drying, puckering, or astringent taste.
similar to a sour or bitter taste (creating a dry, puckering feel in the mouth)
astringent — as in:  astringent remarks

The book contains some of her most astringent remarks.
harsh or hurtful
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