Dyeing vs. dying

  • Dying relates to death. Dyeing relates to soaking items in colored solutions. Dieing is a misspelling.


    A similar distinction applies to the past participles died and dyed. Die becomes died, and dye becomes dyed.


    Dyeing and dying are occasionally mixed up—for example:


    Each part of the dying process—soaking, tying, dying—was given its own station. [Foster’s Daily Democrat]

    The English philosopher Francis Bacon (1561-1626) compared alchemy to a dyeing man who told his sons “I have left some gold for you buried somewhere in our vineyard.” [Anime Comics and Media]

    These are positive examples:

    She acts as an advocate for the dying and their families by helping make sure their wishes are followed. [Los Angeles Times]

    Other displays will feature edible and toxic fungi, mushrooms used for dyeing wool, mushroom cultivation kits, mushroom books, microscopes and fungal ecology. [The Humboldt Beacon]


    1. Adrianperezp says

      Nice clarification, great!… . thanks

    2. Adrianperezp says

      Great clarification, I was looking for an explanation!… . thanks.

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