4. (Old Law) The fine and penalty imposed for the offense of adultery.
5. (Eccl.) The intrusion of a person into a bishopric during the life of the bishop.
6. Injury; degradation; ruin. [Obs.]
You might wrest the caduceus out of my hand to the adultery and spoil of nature.
(A*dult"ness) n. The state of being adult.
(Ad*um"brant) a. [L. adumbrans, p. pr. of adumbrare.] Giving a faint shadow, or slight
resemblance; shadowing forth.
(Ad*um"brate) v. t. [L. adumbratus, p. p. of adumbrare; ad + umbrare to shade; umbra
1. To give a faint shadow or slight representation of; to outline; to shadow forth.
Both in the vastness and the richness of the visible universe the invisible God is adumbrated.
2. To overshadow; to shade.
(Ad`um*bra"tion) n. [L. adumbratio.]
1. The act of adumbrating, or shadowing forth.
2. A faint sketch; an outline; an imperfect portrayal or representation of a thing.
Elegant adumbrations of sacred truth.
3. (Her.) The shadow or outlines of a figure.
(Ad*um"bra*tive) a. Faintly representing; typical. Carlyle.
(Ad`u*na"tion) n. [L. adunatio; ad + unus one.] A uniting; union. Jer. Taylor.
(A*dunc", A*dunque") a. (Zoöl.) Hooked; as, a parrot has an adunc bill.
(A*dun"ci*ty) n. [L. aduncitas. See Aduncous.] Curvature inwards; hookedness.
The aduncity of the beaks of hawks.
(A*dun"cous) a. [L. aduncus; ad + uncus hooked, hook.] Curved inwards; hooked.
(A*dure") v. t. [L. adurere; ad + urere to burn.] To burn up. [Obs.] Bacon.
(A*dust") a. [L. adustus, p. p. of adurere: cf. F. aduste.]
1. Inflamed or scorched; fiery. "The Libyan air adust." Milton.
2. Looking as if or scorched; sunburnt.
A tall, thin man, of an adust complexion.
Sir W. Scott.
3. (Med.) Having much heat in the constitution and little serum in the blood. [Obs.] Hence: Atrabilious; sallow; gloomy.
(A*dust"ed), a. Burnt; adust. [Obs.] Howell.