- scorched; burned
- sallow and melancholy
Origin of adustClassical Latin adustus, past participle of adurere, to burn up from ad-, to + urere, to burn: see ember
- Burned; scorched: “The brandished sword of God before them blazed … with torrid heat, and vapor as the Libyan air adust” ( John Milton )
- Melancholy in appearance or temperament; gloomy.
Origin of adustMiddle English from Latin adustus past participle of adūrere to set fire to ad- ad- ūrere to burn
(comparative more adust, superlative most adust)
From Middle French aduste, and its source, Latin adūstus (“burnt, scorched”), past participle of adūrere.