Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See aqua Tofana, under aqua.

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Examples

  • This Italian _gusto_ for the smell of blood, appears to have been introduced into the palaces of France from those of Italy by alliance with the Medici -- those ennobled pawnbrokers of the middle ages, whose _parvenu_ taste engendered the fantastic gilding of the _renaissance_, which they naturalized in the Tuileries and at Fontainbleau, in common with the stiletto and acqua tofana of their poisoners, and the fatalism of their judicial astrology.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine — Volume 55, No. 341, March, 1844

  • After alluding airily to the Vehmgericht, aqua tofana, Carbonari, the Marchioness de Brinvilliers, the Darwinian theory, the principles of Malthus, and the Ratcliff Highway murders, the article concluded by admonishing the Government and advocating a closer watch over foreigners in England.

    A Study in Scarlet

  • The acqua tofana of his enemies had pervaded every fibre of the state.

    The Valley of Decision

  • Toward the end there was the inevitable rumour of acqua tofana, and the populace cried out that the Jesuits were at work again.

    The Valley of Decision

  • So at least thought Wurmser himself, who wrote a most kindly letter to Bonaparte, forewarning him that a plot had been formed in Bologna to poison him with that noted, but never seen, compound so famous in Italian history -- aqua tofana.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte Vol. I. (of IV.)

  • After alluding airily to the Vehmgericht, aqua tofana, Carbonari, the Marchioness de Brinvilliers, the Darwinian theory, the principles of Malthus, and the Ratcliff Highway murders, the article concluded by admonishing the government and advocating a closer watch over foreigners in England.

    A Study in Scarlet

  • "Death drops on whomsoever I send it," said she, "so secretly and so subtly that the very spirits of air cannot detect the trace of the aqua tofana."

    The Golden Dog

  • In it was a number of small flaskets, each filled with pills like grains of mustard-seed, the essence and quintessence of various poisons, that put on the appearance of natural diseases, and which, mixed in due proportion with the aqua tofana, covered the foulest murders with the lawful ensigns of the angel of death.

    The Golden Dog

  • It was the aqua tofana undiluted by mercy, instantaneous in its effect, and not medicable by any antidote.

    The Golden Dog

  • The fatal dust scattered upon the pillow, or a bouquet sprinkled with the aqua tofana, looking bright and innocent as God's dew upon the flowers, transmitted death without a warning of danger.

    The Golden Dog

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