abstersion

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Etymology[edit]

Either from (Old French, or from Medieval Latin abstertion), from Latin abstersus, past participle of abstergēo.

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Noun[edit]

abstersion (plural abstersions)

  1. (archaic) Act of wiping clean; a cleansing; a purging. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    • (Can we date this quote?), Sir W. Scott:
      The task of ablution and abstersion being performed.

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  1. ^ 2003 [1933], Brown, Lesley editor, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7, page 9: