1》 Brit. molasses.
    ↘golden syrup.
2》 cloying sentimentality or flattery.
treacly adjective
Word History
When treacle entered English in the Middle Ages it meant 'antidote against poison, venomous bites, and disease': it came via Old French and Latin from Greek thēriakē 'antidote against venom', from thērion 'wild beast'. Treacle seems to have retained this meaning until the beginning of the 19th century, though in the broader sense 'medicine or remedy': the use of syrup to make medicine taste better led to the current senses, which date from the late 17th century.

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  • Treacle — is a thick, dark sugar syrup produced during raw sugarcane refiningOxford English Dictionary, Second Edition, 1989.] , used chiefly in cooking as a form of sweetener. It has a distinctively strong flavour, slightly bitter, and a richer colour… …   Wikipedia

  • Treacle — Trea cle (tr[=e] k l), n. [OE. triacle a sovereign remedy, theriac, OF. triacle, F. th[ e]riaque (cf. Pr. triacla, tiriaca, Sp. & It. triaca, teriaca), L. theriaca an antidote against the bite of poisonous animals, Gr. ?, fr. ? of wild or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • treacle — (n.) mid 14c., medicinal compound, antidote for poison, from O.Fr. triacle antidote (c.1200), from V.L. *triacula, from L. theriaca, from Gk. theriake (antidotos) antidote for poisonous wild animals, from fem. of theriakos of a wild animal, from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • treacle — ► NOUN chiefly Brit. 1) molasses. 2) golden syrup. DERIVATIVES treacly adjective. ORIGIN originally referring to an antidote against venom: from Greek th riak antidote against venom , from th rion wild beast …   English terms dictionary

  • treacle — [trē′kəl] n. [ME triacle < OFr < L theriaca, antidote for poison < Gr ( antidotos) thēriakē, (remedy) for bites of venomous beasts < thērion, wild beast, dim. of thēr: see FIERCE] 1. Obs. a) a remedy for poison b) any effective remedy …   English World dictionary

  • Treacle — A medicinal compound once in wide use as an antidote to poisons. Treacle was a kind of salve. It was reputed to be a remedy against venomous bites in particular and against poisons in general. It also came to be considered a cure for cancer. The… …   Medical dictionary

  • treacle — trea|cle [ˈtri:kəl] n [U] [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: triacle, from Latin theriaca, from Greek theriake cure for a poisonous bite , from therion wild animal ] 1.) BrE a thick sweet black sticky liquid that is obtained from the sugar… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • treacle — treacly /tree klee/, adj. /tree keuhl/, n. 1. contrived or unrestrained sentimentality: a movie plot of the most shameless treacle. 2. Brit. a. molasses, esp. that which is drained from the vats used in sugar refining. b. Also called golden syrup …   Universalium

  • treacle — noun Treacle is used before these nouns: ↑tart …   Collocations dictionary

  • treacle — [14] Treacle is etymologically an ‘antidote to the bite of wild animals’. The word comes via Old French triacle and Latin thēriaca from Greek thēriaké. This was short for antídotos thēriaké ‘antidote to poisonous animals’, thēriaké being a… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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