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blush

BLUSH, v.i.

1. To redden in the cheeks or face; to be suddenly suffused with a red color in the cheeks or face, from a sense of guilt, shame, confusion, modesty, diffidence or surprise; followed by at or for, before the cause of blushing; as, blush at your vices;blush for your degraded country.

In the presence of the shameless and unblushing, the young offender is ashamed to blush.

2. To bear a blooming red color, or any soft bright color; as the blushing rose.

He bears his blushing honors thick upon him.

Shakespeare has used this word in a transitive sense, to make red, and it may be allowable in poetry.

BLUSH, n. A red color suffusing the cheeks only, or the face generally, and excited by confusion, which may spring from shame, guilt, modesty, diffidence or surprise.

The rosy blush of love.

1. A red or reddish color.

2. Sudden appearance; a glance; a sense taken from the sudden suffusion of the face in blushing;; as, a proposition appears absurd at first blush.



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BLUSH, v.i.

1. To redden in the cheeks or face; to be suddenly suffused with a red color in the cheeks or face, from a sense of guilt, shame, confusion, modesty, diffidence or surprise; followed by at or for, before the cause of blushing; as, blush at your vices;blush for your degraded country.

In the presence of the shameless and unblushing, the young offender is ashamed to blush.

2. To bear a blooming red color, or any soft bright color; as the blushing rose.

He bears his blushing honors thick upon him.

Shakespeare has used this word in a transitive sense, to make red, and it may be allowable in poetry.

BLUSH, n. A red color suffusing the cheeks only, or the face generally, and excited by confusion, which may spring from shame, guilt, modesty, diffidence or surprise.

The rosy blush of love.

1. A red or reddish color.

2. Sudden appearance; a glance; a sense taken from the sudden suffusion of the face in blushing;; as, a proposition appears absurd at first blush.

BLUSH, n.

  1. A red color suffusing the cheeks only, or the face generally, and excited by confusion, which may spring from shame, guilt, modesty, diffidence, or surprise. The rosy blush of love. – Trumbull.
  2. A red or reddish color.
  3. Sudden appearance; a glance; a sense taken from the sudden suffusion of the face in blushing; as, a proposition appears absurd at first blush. – Locke.

BLUSH, v.i. [D. bloozen; Sw. blyas, to blush; Dan. blusser, to blaze or glisten; blussel, blushing; D. blos, a blush; Sw. bloss; Dan. blus, a torch; Dan. blues ved, to blush or be ashamed; Ir. loise, loisi, flame. It implies a throwing out, or spreading. Flash may be from the same root. See Blaze.]

  1. To redden in the cheeks or face; to be suddenly suffused with a red color in the cheeks or face, from a sense of guilt, shame, confusion, modesty, diffidence or surprise; followed by at or for, before the cause of blushing; as, blush at your vices; blush for your degraded country. In the presence of the shameless and unblushing, the young offender is ashamed to blush. – Buckminster.
  2. To bear a blooming red color, or any soft bright color; as, the blushing rose. He bears his blushing honors thick upon him. – Shak. Shakspeare has used this word in a transitive sense, to make red, and it may be allowable in poetry.

Blush
  1. To become suffused with red in the cheeks, as from a sense of shame, modesty, or confusion; to become red from such cause, as the cheeks or face.

    To the nuptial bower
    I led her blushing like the morn.
    Milton.

    In the presence of the shameless and unblushing, the young offender is ashamed to blush.
    Buckminster.

    He would stroke
    The head of modest and ingenuous worth,
    That blushed at its own praise.
    Cowper.

  2. To suffuse with a blush; to redden; to make roseate.

    [Obs.]

    To blush and beautify the cheek again.
    Shak.

  3. A suffusion of the cheeks or face with red, as from a sense of shame, confusion, or modesty.

    The rosy blush of love.
    Trumbull.

  4. To grow red; to have a red or rosy color.

    The sun of heaven, methought, was loth to set,
    But stayed, and made the western welkin blush.
    Shak.

  5. To express or make known by blushing.

    I'll blush you thanks.
    Shak.

  6. A red or reddish color; a rosy tint.

    Light's last blushes tinged the distant hills.
    Lyttleton.

    At first blush, or At the first blush, at the first appearance or view. "At the first blush, we thought they had been ships come from France." Hakluyt. This phrase is used now more of ideas, opinions, etc., than of material things. "All purely identical propositions, obviously, and at first blush, appear," etc. Locke. -- To put to the blush, to cause to blush with shame; to put to shame.

  7. To have a warm and delicate color, as some roses and other flowers.

    Full many a flower is born to blush unseen.
    T. Gray.

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Blush

BLUSH, verb intransitive

1. To redden in the cheeks or face; to be suddenly suffused with a red color in the cheeks or face, from a sense of guilt, shame, confusion, modesty, diffidence or surprise; followed by at or for, before the cause of blushing; as, blush at your vices; blush for your degraded country.

In the presence of the shameless and unblushing, the young offender is ashamed to blush

2. To bear a blooming red color, or any soft bright color; as the blushing rose.

He bears his blushing honors thick upon him.

Shakespeare has used this word in a transitive sense, to make red, and it may be allowable in poetry.

BLUSH, noun A red color suffusing the cheeks only, or the face generally, and excited by confusion, which may spring from shame, guilt, modesty, diffidence or surprise.

The rosy blush of love.

1. A red or reddish color.

2. Sudden appearance; a glance; a sense taken from the sudden suffusion of the face in blushing; ; as, a proposition appears absurd at first blush

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