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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of embrue.


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  • I feel as if my hands were embrued with the blood of monstrous alien altars — of another faith altogether.

    The Ambassadors

  • The ghastly condition of the maimed, truncated cadaver, its upper torsal region embrued in gore, was in itself profoundly appalling.


  • He goes on to sum up Medea's fate in a sanguine little couplet, made even more mischievously dramatic by caesura and dash: "Else had we seen a parent's hand embrued,/Suffice the horrid thought, in filial blood --" The effect here, whether the poet intends it or not, is firmly to separate the temporal elements of his narrative from the static ones in the picture.

    Shelley, Medusa, and the Perils of Ekphrasis

  • And therewithall I embraced my friend Socrates and kissed him: but hee smelling the stinke of the pisse wherewith those Hagges had embrued me, thrust me away and sayd, Clense thy selfe from this filthy odour, and then he began gently to enquire, how that noysome sent hapned unto mee.

    The Golden Asse

  • Wherefore I pray you most venerable Fathers, to whom and every one of whom it doth appertain, to provide for the dignity and safety of the Commonweale, that you would in no wise suffer this wicked Homicide, embrued with the bloud of so many murthered citisens, to escape unpunished.

    The Golden Asse

  • Finallie there come togither a knot of Péeres & Noble men, [Like maister, like seruants.] like to their king and maister, accustomed to robberies, enriched with rapines, embrued with manslaughters, & defamed with periurie.

    Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (2 of 6): England (4 of 12) Stephan Earle Of Bullongne

  • Over the former "guide, philosopher, and friend," the shadow of this guilty secret rested, and it deepened and darkened until the pupil embrued his hands in the blood of his teacher.

    Roman Mosaics Or, Studies in Rome and Its Neighbourhood

  • On the side nearer the castle there was a dark mass over which a rich mantle had been thrown; it was of purple colour, and in the uncertain light it was not easy to tell where the cloak ended, and the stain that embrued the snow began.

    The Shame of Motley: being the memoir of certain transactions in the life of Lazzaro Biancomonte, of Biancomonte, sometime fool of the court of Pesaro

  • In the one all the horror of disgusting and blood-embrued barbarism, the drunkenness of carnage, the disinterested taste, if I may say so, for destruction and death; in the other a profound sense of justice, a great height of personal pride it is true, but also a great capacity for devotion, an exquisite loyalty.

    The Poetry of the Celtic Races. II.

  • But Simonides says that it was not a white sail which was given by Ægeus, but "a scarlet sail embrued in holm oak's juice," and that this was agreed on by him as the signal of safety.

    The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 01


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