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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DOUCHE

The realization was like a douche of cold water, in spite of all he had seen and knew.

But in her words, to be sure, were a douche cold enough for Khalid.

I have built a douche, and am to go on through all the winter, frost or no frost.

WINE will be an extra charge; as are warm, vapor, and douche baths.

And if there is any period when a woman needs a douche it is during menstruation.

The water employed in the douche must be cold, but it need not be icy cold.

One lived in the world, the world did this and that; but this douche of cold water was bracing.

If these mediums spoke of visions, a douche would be recommended!

After four months she was strong enough for the douche and cold-bath.

Douche, from three to five minutes, substituted for the rubbing-sheet.

WORD ORIGIN

1766, "jet of water," from French douche (16c.), from Italian doccia "shower," from docciare "to spray," from Latin ductionem "a leading," from ducere "to lead" (see duke (n.)). Meaning "vaginal cleansing" is from 1833. The verb is first attested 1838. Related: Douched; douching.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DOUCHE

bath

nounwashing with water and, usually, soap
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