Meaning of imbrue in English:


Pronunciation /ɪmˈbruː/

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verbverb imbrues, verb imbruing, verb imbrued

[with object] archaic, literary
  • Stain (something, especially one's hands or sword)

    ‘they were unwilling to imbrue their hands in his blood’
    • ‘One who has planned, for instance, and authorised a murder will often fancy himself innocent, compared with him whose hands were actually imbrued with blood.’


Late Middle English from Old French embruer ‘bedaub, bedabble’, ultimately of Germanic origin and related to broth.