abêtir

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

a- +‎ bête +‎ -ir

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

abêtir

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To render dumb, dim-witted; to deaden the mind of.
  2. (reflexive) To become dim-witted and foolish.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Abrutir is a close synonym, but unlike that term abêtir implies a slower, progressive process, which abrutir does not necessarily does.

Conjugation[edit]

  • This is a regular verb of the second conjugation, like finir, choisir, and most other verbs with infinitives ending in -ir. One salient feature of this conjugation is the repeated appearance of the infix -iss-.

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