absterse

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin abstersus, perfect passive participle of abstergeō (wipe off, wipe away); formed from abs- + tergeō (wipe).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

absterse (third-person singular simple present absterses, present participle abstersing, simple past and past participle abstersed)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To absterge; to cleanse; to purge away. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 10

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

absterse

  1. vocative masculine singular of abstersus