Tincture vs Tonic - What's the difference?

tincture | tonic |

As nouns the difference between tincture and tonic

is that tincture is a pigment or other substance that colours or dyes while tonic is a substance with medicinal properties intended to restore or invigorate or tonic can be (music) the first note of a scale.

As a verb tincture

is to stain or impregnate (something) with colour.

As an adjective tonic is

(physics|pathology) pertaining to tension, especially of muscles or tonic can be (music) pertaining to the keynote of a composition.



(en noun)
  • A pigment or other substance that colours or dyes.
  • A tint, or an added colour.
  • (heraldry) A colour or metal used in the depiction of a coat of arms.
  • An alcoholic extract of plant material, used as a medicine.
  • (humorous) A small alcoholic drink.
  • An essential characteristic.
  • * 1924 , ARISTOTLE. . Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Book 1, Part 6.
  • for the earlier thinkers had no tincture of dialectic
  • The finer and more volatile parts of a substance, separated by a solvent; an extract of a part of the substance of a body communicated to the solvent.
  • A slight taste superadded to any substance.
  • a tincture of orange peel
  • A slight quality added to anything; a tinge.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • All manners take a tincture from our own.
  • * Macaulay
  • Every man had a slight tincture of soldiership, and scarcely any man more than a slight tincture.


  • to stain or impregnate (something) with colour
  • Anagrams

    * ----



    Alternative forms

    * tonick (obsolete)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) . 17th century writers believed health to be derived from firmly stretched muscles, thus tonic''; the extension of ''tonic medicine appeared in the late 18th century.


    (en adjective)
  • (physics, pathology) Pertaining to tension, especially of muscles.
  • * 2009 , Thomas Pynchon, Inherent Vice , Vintage 2010, p. 316:
  • Out in front and across the street, Doc noted half a dozen or so young men, not loitering or doing substances but poised and tonic , as if waiting for some standing order to take effect.
  • Restorative, curative or invigorating.
  • The arrival of the new members had a tonic effect on the team.


    (en noun)
  • A substance with medicinal properties intended to restore or invigorate.
  • We used to brew a tonic from a particular kind of root.
  • Tonic water.
  • (US, Northeastern US) Any of various carbonated, non-alcoholic beverages; soda pop.
  • (figuratively) Something that revitalises or reinvigorates.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=February 5 , author=Paul Fletcher , title=Newcastle 4 - 4 Arsenal , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The result is the perfect tonic for Newcastle, coming at the end of a week that saw the departure of Andy Carroll to Liverpool on Monday and an injury to Shola Ameobi during Wednesday's defeat at Fulham.}}

    Etymology 2

    From .


  • (music) Pertaining to the keynote of a composition.
  • Pertaining to the accent or stress in a word or in speech.
  • Of or relating to tones or sounds; specifically (phonetics, dated) being or relating to a speech sound made with tone unmixed and undimmed by obstruction, i.e. a vowel or diphthong.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (music) The first note of a scale.
  • (music) The triad built on the tonic note.
  • (phonetics) A tonic element or letter; a vowel or a diphthong.
  • Anagrams

    * ontic ----