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  • v. Present participle of embrue.

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Examples

  • At the moment when he approached the apartment of his father, in the dreadful design of completing his crimes by embruing his hands in his parent's blood, he was perceived by a slave, who, assisted by the eunuchs of the guard, deprived the murderer of every hope of success in the crime he was about to commit.

    Eastern Tales by Many Story Tellers

  • The solicitor by whom, under Sir Laurence's direction, the deeds had been prepared, saw fit to divulge this singular specification, rather than that a hostile encounter should run the risk of embruing in blood the hands of two grey haired men.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXVI. October, 1843. Vol. LIV.

  • His body sank sideways in the same direction, the head lolling nervelessly upon his right shoulder, whilst from the great rent in his breast the blood gushed forth, embruing the water of his bath, trickling to the brick-paved floor, bespattering -- symbolically almost -- a copy of L'Ami du Peuple, the journal to which he had devoted so much of his uneasy life.

    The Historical Nights' Entertainment Second Series

  • Pomaree, in truth, was too thoroughly aware of the advantages to be derived from the visits of the Europeans to think of exercising his murderous propensities upon their persons, however fond he might have been of embruing his hands in the blood of his own countrymen.

    John Rutherford, the White Chief

  • You must not only forbear to visit him, but if you would save him from the crime of embruing his hands in your blood, you must leave the country.

    Wieland; or the Transformation. An American Tale.

  • -- While some princes may be embruing their hands in the blood of their subjects, this man is offering up his prayers to God to preserve all mankind: -- While some ministers are sending forth fleets and armies to wreak their own private vengeance on a brave and uncorrupted people, this solitary man is feeding, from his own scanty allowance, the birds of the air.

    A Year's Journey through France and Part of Spain, 1777 Volume 1 (of 2)

  • Here he gave him so many lashes upon his nacked back, as made his body run an entire stream of gore blood, embruing therewith the ground about the Tree.

    Bucaniers of America:

  • With such reasons an! arguments, they justify the era wrongs, inflicted on our unhappy countrymen, who are forced to join and assist the common enemy, in their murderous work, and who are per - haps this moment, embruing their hands in the blood of their nearest friends and dearest relative.

    Two discourses, delivered to the Second Presbyterian Society in Newburyport, August 20, 1812, the day recommended by the President of the United States, for national humiliation and prayer

  • "The Wanderer," pitying the fortunes and miseries of the author, yet his ungovernable temper and depraved propensities, which led to his embruing his hands in blood, his ingratitude to his patrons and benefactors, (but chiefly to Pope,) and his degraded misemployment of talents which might have raised him to the capital of the proud column of intellect of that day, -- all conduce to petrify the tear of mingled mercy and compassion, which the misfortunes of such a being might otherwise demand.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 13, No. 372, May 30, 1829

  • On the other hand, how horrible it is, and what a fearful view of frail human nature is opened for a searching mind to observe that a man, who professes to have abandoned the pleasures of existence, to have broken through the very first law of nature, to have separated himself from his kind, and to have assumed perfection and infallibility, the attributes of his Creator, devoting the altar at which he serves to the wicked purposes of arraying man against man, and of embruing the hands held up before him at prayer in the blood of his fellow-mortals!

    Canada and the Canadians Volume I

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