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abate +‎ -er



abater (plural abaters)

  1. One who, or that which, abates. [From 16th century.]
    • 1583, Robert Parry (translator), The Second Part of the Myrror of Knighthood by Pedro de la Sierra, London, Thomas Este, Book 1, Part 2, Chapter 21,[1]
      This is the great Prince of Grecia, called the Knight of the Sunne, restorer of the auncient kingdome of Tinacria, & the abater and breaker of the strength of the most strongest Giants in all the world.
    • 1732, John Arbuthnot, Practical Rules of Diet in the Various Constitutions and Diseases of Human Bodies, London: J. Tonson, Chapter 1, section 26, p. 281,[2]
      Anodyne, or Abaters of Pain of the Alimentary Kind. Such things as relax the Tension of the affected nervous Fibres []
    • 1908, John H. Wallace, Preservation of the Game, Fish and Forests of Alabama, address given before the Alabama Press Association, 23 July, 1908, State Printers and Binders, p. 6,[3]
      As a fever germ abater in a malarial district, a flock of bull-bats is worth a grove of quinine trees.
    • 1972, David I. Cook and David F. Van Haverbeke, “Trees and shrubs can curb noise, but with quite a few loud ‘ifs’,” in The Yearbook of Agriculture, 972, Washington, D.C.: US Department of Agriculture, p. 28,[4]
      [] research is proving the effectiveness of trees and shrubs as noise abaters—research prompted by the growing awareness that excessive noise is a form of environmental pollution.





From Old Portuguese abater, from Vulgar Latin *abbatere, present active infinitive of *abbatō, *abbatuō, from Latin battuō, from Gaulish.

Cognate with Galician abater, Spanish abatir, Catalan abatre, French abattre, Italian abbattere, and Romanian abate.


  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ɐ.bɐ.ˈteɾ/, [ɐ.βɐ.ˈteɾ]
  • Hyphenation: a‧ba‧ter


abater (first-person singular present indicative abato, past participle abatido)

  1. to collapse
  2. to topple
  3. to slaughter
  4. to abate, weaken


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