Leaven

Definition of Leaven

Leav´en
n.1.Any substance that produces, or is designed to produce, fermentation, as in dough or liquids; esp., a portion of fermenting dough, which, mixed with a larger quantity of dough, produces a general change in the mass, and renders it light; yeast; barm.
2.Anything which makes a general assimilating (especially a corrupting) change in the mass.
Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
- Luke xii. 1.
v. t.1.To make light by the action of leaven; to cause to ferment.
[imp. & p. p. Leavened ; p. pr. & vb. n. Leavening .]
A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
- 1 Cor. v. 6.
2.To imbue; to infect; to vitiate.
With these and the like deceivable doctrines, he leavens also his prayer.
- Milton.

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