savor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v savor derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in "She relished her fame and basked in her glory"
    • v savor taste appreciatively "savor the soup"
    • v savor give taste to
    • v savor have flavor; taste of something
    • n savor the taste experience when a savoury condiment is taken into the mouth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Savor Hence, specific flavor or quality; characteristic property; distinctive temper, tinge, taint, and the like. "Why is not my life a continual joy, and the savor of heaven perpetually upon my spirit?"
    • Savor Pleasure; delight; attractiveness. "She shall no savor have therein but lite."
    • Savor Sense of smell; power to scent, or trace by scent. "Beyond my savor ."
    • Savor That property of a thing which affects the organs of taste or smell; taste and odor; flavor; relish; scent; as, the savor of an orange or a rose; an ill savor . "I smell sweet savors and I feel soft things."
    • Savor To have a particular smell or taste; -- with of.
    • Savor To have the flavor or quality of; to indicate the presence of. "That cuts us off from hope, and savors only
      Rancor and pride, impatience and despite."
    • Savor To partake of the quality or nature; to indicate the presence or influence; to smack; -- with of. "This savors not much of distraction.""I have rejected everything that savors of party."
    • Savor To perceive by the smell or the taste; hence, to perceive; to note.
    • Savor To taste or smell with pleasure; to delight in; to relish; to like; to favor.
    • Savor To use the sense of taste. "By sight, hearing, smelling, tasting or savoring , and feeling."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n savor Taste; flavor; relish; power or quality that affects the palate: as, food with a pleasant savor.
    • n savor Odor; smell.
    • n savor An odorous substance; a perfume.
    • n savor Characteristic property; distinctive flavor or quality.
    • n savor Name; repute; reputation; character.
    • n savor Sense of smell; power to scent or perceive.
    • n savor Pleasure; delight.
    • n savor Synonyms Flavor, Smack, etc. See taste.
    • n savor Scent, Fragrance, etc. See smell.
    • savor To taste or smell; have a taste, flavor, or odor (of some particular kind or quality).
    • savor To have a bad odor; stink.
    • savor To have or exhibit a peculiar quality or characteristic; partake of the nature; smack: followed by of: as, his answers savor of insolence.
    • savor To perceive by taste or smell; smell; hence, to discern; note; perceive.
    • savor To exhibit the characteristics of; partake of the nature of; indicate the presence of; have the flavor or quality of.
    • savor To care for; relish; take pleasure in; enjoy; like.
    • savor To please; give pleasure or satisfaction to; suit.
    • savor To give savor or flavor to; season.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Savor taste: odour: scent:
    • n Savor (B.) reputation: characteristic property: pleasure
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Quotations

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    “One of those men who reach such an acute limited excellence at twenty-one that everything afterward savors of anti-climax.”
  • Warren Chappell
    Warren Chappell
    “The flood of print has turned reading into a process of gulping rather than savoring”
  • Holbrook Jackson
    Holbrook Jackson
    “Read as you taste fruit or savor wine, or enjoy friendship, love or life.”
  • Edmund Waller
    Edmund Waller
    “The fear of hell, or aiming to be blest, savors too much of private interest.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
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    “He who distinguishes the true savor of his food can never be a glutton; he who does not cannot be otherwise.”
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    “You must pre-live the future... not re-live the past... and savor the moment.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. savour, savor, savur, OF. savor, savour, F. saveur, fr. L. sapor, fr. sapere, to taste, savor. See Sage (a.), and cf. Sapid Insipid Sapor
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. saveur—L. saporsapĕre, to taste.

Usage

In literature:

Moreover, he belonged to the old school and sincerely abhorred all learning that savored of the gentiles.
"Rabbi and Priest" by Milton Goldsmith
It savors of the unprogressive.
"The Psychology of Nations" by G.E. Partridge
Nothing that savored of the chapel was there: the hour was honestly devoted to entertainment.
"The Promised Land" by Mary Antin
He was outspoken in denunciation of anything that savored of an alliance with slavery.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 4, 1919" by Various
Even base-ball had lost its savor.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
But anything that savors of injustice exasperates me to the degree of frenzy.
"The House" by Eugene Field
They wore garments that savored of civilization, and sat their horses with the air of men accustomed to much riding.
"The Saddle Boys in the Grand Canyon" by James Carson
If it were he, his presence there savored of mystery or it savored of the tragic.
"The Millionaire Baby" by Anna Katharine Green
It savors of the ridiculous.
"Molly Bawn" by Margaret Wolfe Hamilton
They generally leave a certain unction, a divine sense or savor at one's waking.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
Know ye the sting of brine upon your lips, and the savor of the salt winds in your lungs, O ye sons of Evor?
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
Thus crudely to demolish the knave's adroit and year-long schemings savored of a tyranny a shade too gross.
"Chivalry" by James Branch Cabell
And subordinating all else, even the scents and savors of the food, was the perfume of the sweet grass.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
He seemed to be savoring it, as if he thought it was going to be his very last.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
They have such a joyous savor of the wild, free steppes!
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
They seemed, somehow, to savor the atmosphere, moving about like solemn, fuzzy overseers as the work progressed through the summer.
"Image of the Gods" by Alan Edward Nourse
It always savored too nearly of brimstone to please me.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 18, No. 106, August, 1866" by Various
This savored rather too much of medicine, and other holy healers used more orthodox means.
"Three Thousand Years of Mental Healing" by George Barton Cutten
The first said the wine savored of iron; the second said it had rather a twang of goat's leather.
"Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote" by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
He had laughed many times that night, but now his mirth had a fresh savor.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
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In poetry:

Let me thy power and truth proclaim
To the surviving age;
And leave a savor of thy name
When I shall quit the stage.
"Psalm 71 part 3" by Isaac Watts
Or, blent by pious hands with rare
Sweet savors of content,
Surprise the soul's December air
With June's forgotten scent.
"Uses" by Edith Wharton
My thankful lips shall loud proclaim
The wonders of thy praise,
And spread the savor of thy name
Where'er I spend my days.
"Hymn 44 part 2" by Isaac Watts
For I was then but nine years old,
And she was only seven;
Yet joys like ours can ne'er be told--
They savored much of heaven.
"My Sister Nell And I" by Joseph Horatio Chant
They dream: There, by Sepulchre of Savor,
Paradise will open doors for us;
At the footing of the Mount Thabor
The committed hour will thrust.
"The Gates of Paradise" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
They say that all nature is smiling and gay,
And the birds the most happy of all,
But the sparrow, pursued by the sparrowhawk,
Savors more of the wormwood and gall.
"The Darker Side." by Alfred Castner King

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