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From Old French embruer, from Germanic.


imbrue (third-person singular simple present imbrues, present participle imbruing, simple past and past participle imbrued)

  1. To stain (in, with, blood, slaughter, etc.).
    • 1837: Edward Smallwood, Manuella, the Executioner’s Daughter ; A Story of Madrid, volume II, pages 275–276 (Richard Bentley)
      Armed with the weapon which was destined to destroy himself, Imnaz sprang down the ladder, — found the door, and, emerging from the abode of crime, sought a more secure resting place, leaving his hostess to discover, with return of day, in whose blood were imbrued the hands of an hospiticide.

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