absterge

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See also: abstergé

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French and Middle French absterger or from Medieval Latin abstergēre, present active infinitive of abstergeō (wipe off or away); formed from abs- + tergeō (to wipe off).

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

absterge (third-person singular simple present absterges, present participle absterging, simple past and past participle absterged)

  1. (transitive, archaic, now rare) To make clean by wiping; to wipe away; to cleanse; to purge. [First attested in the early 16th century.][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ “absterge” in Lesley Brown, editor-in-chief; William R. Trumble and Angus Stevenson, editors, The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary on Historical Principles, 5th edition, Oxford; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-19-860457-0, page 9.

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

abstergē

  1. second-person singular present active imperative of abstergeō

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

absterge

  1. Informal second-person singular () affirmative imperative form of absterger.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present indicative form of absterger.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present indicative form of absterger.