abstersive

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French abstersif, from Latin abstersus.

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

abstersive (comparative more abstersive, superlative most abstersive)

  1. Cleansing; purging; abstergent. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, I.40:
      If he cannot digest a strong and abstersive drug, for to remove his evill, let him at least take a lenitive pill to ease the same.

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

abstersive (plural abstersives)

  1. (now rare) Something cleansing; detergent; abstergent. [First attested around 1350 to 1470.][1]
    • The strong abstersive of some heroic magistrate. - John Milton

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Lesley Brown (editor), The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, 5th edition (Oxford University Press, 2003 [1933], ISBN 978-0-19-860575-7), page 10

French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

abstersive f

  1. feminine form of abstersif