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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR ALCOHOL

A moment after, the odor of alcohol scented the little cabin.

They had penetrated the mists of alcohol, and stirred a belated contrition.

I am afflicted by none of the desultoriness superinduced by alcohol.

Alcohol especially facilitates the degeneration of sexual life.

The action of alcohol on the feminine sexual appetite is very peculiar.

This often acts even in cases where alcohol has aroused a hereditary taint.

Indecent exposure, etc., is due to alcohol in 75 or 80 per cent.

Pious pastors then gave their support to slavery, as they often do now to alcohol.

The fishermen, working off the alcohol of the night before, slept till noon.

Albert sniffed suspiciously, but no odor of alcohol rewarded the sniff.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s (early 15c. as alcofol), "fine powder produced by sublimation," from Medieval Latin alcohol "powdered ore of antimony," from Arabic al-kuhul "kohl," the fine metallic powder used to darken the eyelids, from kahala "to stain, paint." The al- is the Arabic definite article, "the."

"Powdered cosmetic" was the earliest sense in English; definition broadened 1670s to "any sublimated substance, the pure spirit of anything," including liquids. Modern sense of "intoxicating ingredient in strong liquor" is first recorded 1753, short for alcohol of wine, which was extended to "the intoxicating element in fermented liquors." In organic chemistry, the word was extended 1850 to the class of compounds of the same type as this.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR ALCOHOL

grog

nounalcoholic drink
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