abattre

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French abattre, from Old French abatre, from Vulgar Latin *abbattō, from Latin ad- +‎ battuō, ultimately from Gaulish.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /a.batʁ/
  • (file)

Verb[edit]

abattre

  1. to butcher; to slaughter for meat
  2. to shoot dead
  3. to cut down (a tree)
  4. to destroy or demolish (a wall)
  5. (reflexive) to fall down, especially of tall things, such as trees
  6. (takes a reflexive pronoun) to descend upon with violence or furor
    • 2021 December 16, Cécile Ducourtieux, “Au Royaume-Uni, la progression d’Omicron est « stupéfiante, jamais observée jusqu’à présent »”, in Le Monde[1]:
      « Fulgurante », « phénoménale » ou « stupéfiante » : les conseillers scientifiques du gouvernement britannique n’ont pas de mots assez forts pour qualifier la vague Omicron qui s’abat sur le Royaume-Uni.
      "Striking", "phenomenal", or "stupefying": the scientific advisers to the British government do not have words strong enough to describe the Omicron wave which descending upon the United Kingdom.
  7. (takes a reflexive pronoun, of lightning) to strike

Conjugation[edit]

This verb is conjugated like battre. That means it is conjugated like vendre, perdre, etc. (sometimes called the regular -re verbs), except that instead of *abatt and *abatts, it has the forms abat and abats. This is strictly a spelling change; pronunciation-wise, the verb is conjugated exactly like vendre.

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French abatre, from Vulgar Latin *abbatere, present active infinitive of *abbatō, *abbatuō, from Latin battuō from Gaulish [Term?].

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

abattre

  1. (Jersey) to knock down

References[edit]

  • Spence, N.C.W. (1960). Glossary of Jersey-French. Oxford: Blackwell. p. 39.