from The Century Dictionary.

  • Like brine; briny; salt or saltish: as, “her brinish tears,”

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Like brine; somewhat salt; saltish.

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  • adjective Like brine; somewhat salt.


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brine +‎ -ish


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  • I saw him lye slain before my doore, his bodie having received many wounds, which I folded in mine armes, and washed his face with my brinish teares; whereby (perhaps) the scandall arose, that flew abroad to my disgrace.

    The Decameron

  • Their number was seauen and seauen, so perfectly and sweetely counterfeited with liuelie motions, their vestures whisking vp and flying abroad, that the workman could not be accused of any imperfection, but that one had not a liuely voyce to expresse their mirth, and the other brinish teares to manifest their sorrow: the said daunce was in fashion of two Semicircles, with a seperating partition put betwixt.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • When we hear of repentance, steeping our souls in brinish tears for sin; or of mortification, beheading our king-sin, we are ready to grumble, and think this is hard and unreasonable.

    The Lord's Prayer

  • No; thy soul must be more humbled, and lie steeping longer in the brinish waters of repentance.

    The Lord's Prayer

  • Christian, steep thy soul in the brinish waters of repentance, and God will be appeased.

    The Lord's Prayer

  • And a book for thy secret sighs, and ere long thy brinish tears shall be turned into the sweetest wine, which thou shalt drink new in the kingdom of the Father, and thy secret sighs into glorious praises; when thy mouth shall be filled with laughter, and thy eyes see the King in his glory.

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 03

  • God steeps us in the brinish waters of affliction that he make take out our spots.

    The Art of Divine Contentment: An Exposition of Philippians 4:11

  • She was moreover much broken with calling to remembrance the restless groans, brinish tears, and self-bemoanings of her Husband, and how she did harden her heart against all his entreaties and loving persuasions (of her and her Sons) to go with him; yea, there was not anything that Christian either said to her, or did before her all the while that his Burden did hang on his back, but it returned upon her like a flash of lightning, and rent the caul of her Heart in sunder.

    The Pilgrim’s Progress, in the Similitude of a Dream; The Second Part. Paras. 1-99

  • And, since this earth, dew’d with thy brinish tears,

    The Second Part of Tamburlaine the Great


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